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The Funk Era and Beyond: New Perspectives on Black Popular Culture (Signs of Race) Hardcover – August 19, 2008


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  • Series: Signs of Race
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031229607X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312296070
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,297,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Paying homage to the ancestors (Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Professor Longhair), sitting at the feat of the elders (George Clinton, Sly Stone, James Brown) and welcoming a brand new generation of griots headed by funkmaster Aaron McGruder, The Funk Era and Beyond fills the largest remaining gap in the conversation on African-American music. Bolden's collection is theoretically sophisticated, endlessly provocative and, best of all, a joy to read.”—Craig Werner, Professor and Chair, Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America

 

“This engaging book takes the reader on a journey across the multi-layered and multidisciplinary terrain of funk. This series of essays on music and the visual and literary arts reveal how ‘da funk’ represents innovation and aesthetic principles rooted in the Black vernacular, which defines the uniqueness of Black creativity. The Funk Era and Beyond is a must-read to understand funk as a philosophy, an attitude, a way of life, and more broadly, a cultural phenomena.”--Portia K. Maultsby, Indiana University and editor of African American Music: An Introduction

About the Author

Tony Bolden is Associate Professor of African American Literature and Culture, University of Alabama and is the author of Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MairaP on August 11, 2013
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The interpretation of what constitutes 'funk' is quite loose. Some of the essays do not belong in this volume. The collection is thus somewhat disappointing.
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By Curtis likes on March 30, 2014
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