- Series: The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures (Book 13)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (February 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674046242
- ISBN-13: 978-0674046245
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures) Hardcover – February 27, 2012
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A fascinating and pathbreaking contribution to African diasporic and music studies. Africa Speaks, America Answers is a marvelous book. (Manthia Diawara, author of In Search of Africa)
Kelley vividly captures this all-star quartet riffing on new alternatives within jazz. Filled with stories and songs that need to be heard, Africa Speaks, America Answers is an essential addition to any jazz library. (Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer, and 2010 MacArthur Fellow)
Africa Speaks, America Answers is an exquisitely rendered account of the lives of African and African American musicians, their music, and their worlds. Kelley transforms our understanding of jazz, the history of Africa and its diaspora, and the global circulation of culture. (Penny M. Von Eschen, author of Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War)
Continually surprising. (Peter Monaghan Chronicle of Higher Education 2012-02-19)
An illuminating document. (Daniel Spicer The Wire 2013-07-01)
About the Author
Robin D. G. Kelley is Gary B. Nash Chair of U.S. History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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One of the most fascinating phenomena of jazz in recent years has been the cross-pollination of jazz with various forms of world music--- Latin American, Asian, even Klezmer--- in terms of style, rhythms, and instrumentation. Of all these, though, the African/America connection has, for historical reasons, the most resonance, and Kelley convincingly explores this, for want of a better word (and it is my word, not his) symmetry. It is elegantly written, informed, useful, and very entertaining, and adds (along with his own recent memoir) to what ought to be Mr. Weston's growing esteem and importance, which is not to denigrate the others covered here.
My minor quibbles--- and they are indeed minor--- should probably be laid not at Kelley's doorstep, but at his publishers', of all places, Harvard University Press, and its copy-editing department. It is one thing to transpose the author David Hajdu's name as "Hadju", but quite another in a book and by an author of this stature to repeatedly add an "s" to the surname of music producer and pioneer John Hammond. This is, however, the merest tiny burr under the reader's saddle, and in no real way detracts from the quality of this wonderful book.