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Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop New Ed Edition

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ISBN-10: 0520243331
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"Through a historical yet anecdotal treatment, Ramsey explores the rich milieu of messages imbedded in black music through the 20th century. His breakthrough is his effort to find the meanings of the music through explorations of memory, history and theory. . . . Ramsey weaves his own rich musical history through the text."--Rickey Vincent, "Washington Post Book World

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"This work easily makes Guthrie one of the top musicologists of his generation who writes on black music. The scope, depth, and breadth are highly impressive. His criticisms of other scholars are fair. And his treatments of black musical artists in time, in space, and in place are quite illuminating. I know no one else who has his mastery of knowledge over such a broad range of black musical works of different genres and periods."—Cornel West, Princeton University

"Witty, powerful, smart, opinionated, beautifully written, groundbreaking, and bold. Scholars will read Race Music and debate it for years to come."—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"Race Music is slammin'! Ramsey brilliantly interweaves oral history with his own scholarly readings of jazz, gospel, popular music, and film soundtracks with pathbreaking results. Race Music revolutionizes the way we receive and critique African American popular culture and provides a new context for our understanding of black music and cultural memory. A must read---intelligent, engaging and powerful."—Rae Linda Brown, author of The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price, 1887-1953

"One of the most engaging, thought provoking and original treatments of black music that I have read. Ramsey seamlessly combines ethnographic research, musicological theory, historical investigation, and personal narrative in a work that is at once rigorous and poetic. Spanning blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop, Race Music offers us the scholarly monograph as jam session-a first-rate intellectual essay whose rhythms, tones, and melodious voice are as captivating as the music Ramsey brilliantly explains and masterfully performs."—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Open Mike and Holler If You Hear Me
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (November 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520243331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520243330
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I, personally, find this book as THE reference book in studying the journey of our music through different eras. You cannot find a more comprehensive in-depth study of the music of our soul, thoroughly executed and written, even to the point it literally takes you through the time tunnel and puts you at the very feet of the pioneers of "race music." Dr. Ramsey's book is so well-written, that musicians and music listeners alike can relate to the experiences described in various chapters. He is "on point," hitting controversial subjects regarding race music "head-on!" A must-have in your collection! I've had my copy for over 3 years, and I'm still getting nuggets out of it!!! Gotta get your own copy - can't have mine!!! Good reading!
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Race music is a wonderful addition to our library collection. I highly recommend for any study in african-american history. The book arrived in perfect condition!
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This book did an excellent job addressing Race Music starting with Bebop. The information is very informative.
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