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On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom by
Publication Date: 2014-09-22
"An essential volume for music lovers." --East Bay Times On Highway 61 searches for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution over the past 150 years--by studying what the Western European culture learned from African American culture in a historical progression that reaches from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan. Starting out with nineteenth-century American thinkers such as social critic Henry David Thoreau and satirist Mark Twain, and moving through the decades, the book explores the changes and developments that would culminate in the revolutionary period of the 1960s. This fascinating work shows how a society absorbed the culture of those at the absolute bottom of the power structure--the slaves and their descendants--and realized that they themselves were not free. "This scholarly examination of the roots of American music and its cultural evolution encompasses ragtime, blues, jazz, folk, country, big band, swing and good ol' rock 'n' roll. At the party, we meet the key players of the day." --The Sacramento Bee
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism by
Publication Date: 2011-10-05
From one of this country's most important intellectuals comes a brilliant analysis of the blues tradition that examines the careers of three crucial black women blues singers through a feminist lens. Angela Davis provides the historical, social, and political contexts with which to reinterpret the performances and lyrics of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday as powerful articulations of an alternative consciousness profoundly at odds with mainstream American culture. The works of Rainey, Smith, and Holiday have been largely misunderstood by critics. Overlooked, Davis shows, has been the way their candor and bravado laid the groundwork for an aesthetic that allowed for the celebration of social, moral, and sexual values outside the constraints imposed by middle-class respectability. Through meticulous transcriptions of all the extant lyrics of Rainey and Smith−published here in their entirety for the first time−Davis demonstrates how the roots of the blues extend beyond a musical tradition to serve as a conciousness-raising vehicle for American social memory. A stunning, indispensable contribution to American history, as boldly insightful as the women Davis praises, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism is a triumph.
Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism by
Publication Date: 2013-06-17
Jeremy F. Lane’s Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism is a bold challenge to the existing homogenous picture of the reception of American jazz in world-war era France. Lane’s book closely examines the reception of jazz among French-speaking intellectuals between 1918 and 1945 and is the first study to consider the relationships, sometimes symbiotic, sometimes antagonistic, between early white French jazz critics and those French-speaking intellectuals of color whose first encounters with the music in those years played a catalytic role in their emerging black or Creole consciousness. Jazz’s first arrival in France in 1918 coincided with a series of profound shocks to received notions of French national identity and cultural and moral superiority. These shocks, characteristic of the era of machine-age imperialism, had been provoked by the first total mechanized war, the accelerated introduction of Taylorist and Fordist production techniques into European factories, and the more frequent encounters with primitive “Others” in the imperial metropolis engendered by interwar imperialism. Through close readings of the work of early white French jazz critics, alongside the essays and poems of intellectuals of color such as the Nardal sisters, Léon-Gontran Damas, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and René Ménil, Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism highlights the ways in which the French reception of jazz was bound up with a series of urgent contemporary debates about primitivism, imperialism, anti-imperialism, black and Creole consciousness, and the effects of American machine-age technologies on the minds and bodies of French citizens.
Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe by
Publication Date: 2007-01-15
Long before "women in rock" became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel's first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure of its golden age (1945–1965).
Shout, Sister, Shout! is the first biography of this trailblazing performer who influenced scores of popular musicians—from Elvis Presley and Little Richard to Eric Clapton and Etta James. Tharpe was raised in the Pentecostal Church, steeped in the gospel tradition, but she produced music that crossed boundaries, defied classification, and disregarded the social and cultural norms of the age. Blues singer, gospel singer, folk artist, and rock-and-roller, she "went electric" in the late 1930s, captivating both white and black audiences in the North and South, in the U.S. and internationally, with her charisma and skill. Ambitious and relentlessly public, Tharpe even staged her own wedding as a gospel concert in a stadium holding 20,000 people.
Wald's eye-opening biography, which draws on the memories of over 150 people who knew or worked with Tharpe, introduces us to this intriguing and forgotten musical heavyweight who forever altered our understanding of both women in rock and U.S. popular music.
Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul by
Publication Date: 2007-12-18
the soul revolution they launched.
Soul music is one of America's greatest cultural achievements, and Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Curtis Mayfield are three of its most inspired practitioners. In midcentury America it was soul music—particularly the dazzling stream of recordings made by these three stars—that helped bring the gospel vision of the black church into the mainstream, energizing the era's social movements and defining a new American gospel where the sacred and the secular met. What made this gospel all the more amazing was that its most influential articulators were the sons and daughters of sharecroppers, storefront preachers, and single parents in the projects, whose genius gave voice to a new vision of American possibility.
Higher Ground seamlessly weaves the specific and intensely personal narratives of Stevie, Aretha, and Curtis's lives into the historical fabric of their times. The three shared many similarities: They were all children of the great migration and of the black church. But Werner goes further and ties them together with a provocative thesis about American history and culture that compels us to reconsider both the music and the times. And aside from the personalities and the history, he writes beautifully about music itself, the nuts and bolts of its creation and performance, in a way that brings a new awareness and understanding to the most familiar music, forcing you to listen to songs you've heard a thousand times with fresh ears. In Higher Ground, Werner illuminates the lives of three unparalleled American artists, reminding us why their music mattered then and still resonates with us today.
Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.
Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a rapidfire string of hits. She has evolved ever since, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions.
Again and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continue to build. Her hold on the crown is tenacious, and in RESPECT, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture.
Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life by
Publication Date: 2017-05-17
Otis Redding remains an immortal presence in the canon of American music on the strength of such classic hits as "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Try a Little Tenderness," and "Respect," a song he wrote and recorded before Aretha Franklin made it her own. As the architect of the distinctly southern, gospel-inflected style of rhythm & blues associated with Stax Records in Memphis, Redding made music that has long served as the gold standard of 1960s soul. Yet an aura of myth and mystery has always surrounded his life, which was tragically cut short at the height of his career by a plane crash in December 1967.
In Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, Jonathan Gould finally does justice to Redding's incomparable musical artistry, drawing on exhaustive research, the cooperation of the Redding family, and previously unavailable sources of information to present the first comprehensive portrait of the singer's background, his upbringing, and his professional career.
In chronicling the story of Redding's life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day.
Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks by
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
In over thirty years as one of the most original and charismatic figures in modern music, Prince Rogers Nelson has enjoyed huge success - and courted considerable controversy. Now, acclaimed rock journalist Ronin Ro chronicles both the man and his music. During the course of his journey from teenage obscurity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Prince has provoked moral outrage, starred in a hit movie, adopted an unpronounceable symbol for a stage name, confronted record labels and fostered young talent, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture at large. Moreover, his restless creativity has produced a string of international hits including 'Little Red Corvette', 'Let's Go Crazy', 'Kiss' and 'Cream', and at the height of his fame the album Purple Rain was selling at a rate of a million copies a week in the US alone. Through access to an unrivalled array of witnesses to Prince's remarkable rise, including former producers, bandmates and managers, Ronin Ro gets closer to him than any previous biographer, peeling away the masks to lay bare the story of a true modern icon.
Charlie Parker--Omnibook: For C Instruments by
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
(Jazz Transcriptions). The Omnibook has become the book to turn to when you want to master the Bird. Includes 60 solos such as Anthropology * Au Privave (Nos. 1 and 2) * Billie's Bounce * Blues for Alice * Chi Chi * Confirmation * Constellation * Dewey Square * Donna Lee * Ko Ko * Moose the Mooch * Ornithology * Scrapple from the Apple * Shawnuff * Yardbird Suite * and more. Transcribed by Jamey Aebersold and Ken Slone. Includes chord symbols, metronome markings, record information, and practice suggestions. "One of jazz education's holy scriptures." JazzTimes
Miles Davis Omnibook by
Publication Date: 2015-02-01
(Jazz Transcriptions). The ultimate resource for studying the work of Miles Davis! 50 note-for-note transcriptions of his recorded solos for: Airegin * All Blues * All of You * Au Privave * Bags' Groove * Billie's Bounce (Bill's Bounce) * Blue Haze * Budo * But Not for Me * Bye Bye Blackbird * Diane * Dig * Doxy * E.S.P. * Footprints * Four * Freddie Freeloader * A Gal in Calico * Green Haze * I Waited for You * I'll Remember April * If I Were a Bell * It Could Happen to You * It's Only a Paper Moon * Jeru * K.C. Blues * Love Me or Leave Me * Miles Ahead * Milestones * My Funny Valentine * Oleo * On Green Dolphin Street * The Serpent's Tooth * Seven Steps to Heaven * Sippin' at Bells * So What * Solar * Some Day My Prince Will Come * Stablemates * Stella by Starlight * Stuff * Summertime * The Surrey with the Fringe on Top * The Theme * Trane's Blues * Tune Up * Walkin' * Well You Needn't (It's over Now) * Woodyn' You * Yesterdays.
Dvorak to Duke Ellington by
Publication Date: 2008-09-24
Drawing upon a remarkable mix of intensive research and the personal experience of a career devoted to the music about which Dvo#65533;k so presciently spoke, Maurice Peress's lively and convincing narrative treats readers to a rare and delightful glimpse behind the scenes of the burgeoning American school of music and beyond. In Dvorak to Duke Ellington, Peress begins by recounting the music's formative years: Dvor#65533;k's three year residency as Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York (1892-1895), and his students, in particular Will Marion Cook and Rubin Goldmark, who would in turn become the teachers of Ellington, Gershwin, and Copland. We follow Dvor#65533;k to the famed Chicago World's Fair of 1893, where he directed a concert of his music for Bohemian Honor Day. Peress brings to light the little known African American presence at the Fair: the piano professors, about-to-be-ragtimers; and the gifted young artists Paul Dunbar, Harry T. Burleigh, and Cook, who gathered at the Haitian Pavilion with its director, Frederick Douglass, to organize their own gala concert for Colored Persons Day. Peress, a distinguished conductor, is himself a part of this story; working with Duke Ellington on the Suite from Black, Brown and Beige and his "opera comique," Queenie Pie; conducting the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass; and reconstructing landmark American concerts at which George Antheil's Ballet Mecanique, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, James Reese Europe's Clef Club (the first all-black concert at Carnegie Hall), and Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige, were first presented. Concluding with an astounding look at Ellington and his music, Dvor#65533;k to Duke Ellington offers an engrossing, elegant portrait of the Dvor#65533;k legacy, America's music, and the inestimable African-American influence upon it.
Ella Fitzgerald - Original Keys for Singers by
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
(Vocal Piano). Arguably the best female jazz singer ever, no one could out-swing or out-scat "The First Lady of Song." This fine book features authentic transcriptions in the original keys of 25 Fitzgerald classics in voice with piano accompaniment format: A-tisket, A-tasket * But Not for Me * Easy to Love * Embraceable You * The Lady Is a Tramp * Misty * Oh, Lady Be Good! * Satin Doll * Stompin' at the Savoy * Take the "A" Train * and more. Includes a biography and discography. A must for every jazz singer's library!Also available in this series: Patsy Cline / 00740072 Billie Holiday / 00740140
The Funkmasters -- The Great James Brown Rhythm Sections 1960-1973 by
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
In this unique rhythm section workbook, 23 James Brown classics have been transcribed, broken down into individual lessons, and meticulously recreated on two hours of recordings. Featuring legendary grooves from the guitarists, bassists, and drummers who ignited the Godfather of Soul for over three decades (including Jabo Starks, Bernard Odum, Clyde Stubblefield, Bootsy Collins, Jimmy Nolen, Country Kellum, and more), this book will enlighten and challenge your soul.
The Piano Songbook by
Nina Simone recorded extensively in soul, jazz, and pop and was also comfortable with blues, gospel, and Broadway. This songbook features songs that are transcribed for piano, voice and guitar.
Can't Stop Won't Stop by
Publication Date: 2005-12-27
Can't Stop Won't Stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created. Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium.
The Best of Stevie Wonder by
Publication Date: 2001-08-01
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). 20 of the greatest hits from this legendary Motown superstar's illustrious career. Includes: Ebony and Ivory * For Once in My Life * Higher Ground * I Just Called to Say I Love You * I Was Made to Love Her * I Wish * Isn't She Lovely * Living for the City * My Cherie Amour * Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours * Sir Duke * Superstition * Uptight (Everything's Alright) * You and I * You Are the Sunshine of My Life * and more.
Beyonce - I Am ... Sasha Fierce by
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Introducing her alter ego/stage persona, Beyonce's third CD snared five Grammys, including Song of the Year for the triple-platinum, oft-downloaded "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." Our folio includes that hit and 16 others: Diva * Ego * Halo * Hello * If I Were a Boy * Poison * Radio * Satellites * Sweet Dreams * Video Phone * and more.
Complete Rags - For Piano by
Publication Date: 1998-08-01
(Piano). American popular music at its classical best! This is a complete edition of these wonderful piano pieces, all newly engraved. 42 of Joplin's most famous rags in one comprehensive collection. Contents: Bethena (Ragtime Waltz) * A Breeze from Alabama * The Cascades * The Chrysanthemum * Country Club * The Easy Winners * Elite Syncopations * The Entertainer * Eugenia * Euphonic Sounds * The Favorite * Felicity Rag * Fig Leaf Rag * Gladiolus Rag * Heliotrope Bouquet * Kismet Rag * Leola * Lily Queen * Magnetic Rag * Maple Leaf Rag * The Nonpareil * Original Rags * Palm Leaf Rag * Paragon Rag * Peacherine Rag * Pine Apple Rag * Pleasant Moments (Ragtime Waltz) * Rag Time Dance * Reflection Rag * Rose Leaf Rag * Scott Joplin's New Rag * Search-Light Rag * Solace * Something Doing * Stoptime Rag * The Strenuous Life * Sugar Cane Rag * Sun Flower Slow Drag * Swipesy * The Sycamore * Wall Street Rag * Weeping Willow
Publication Date: 2000-11-07
The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible for The Civil War and Baseball. Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed works, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music--jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best. Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music: Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into a soloist's art and influenced every singer, every instrumentalist who came after him; Duke Ellington, the pampered son of middle-class parents who turned a whole orchestra into his personal instrument, wrote nearly two thousand pieces for it, and captured more of American life than any other composer. Bix Beiderbecke, the doomed cornet prodigy who showed white musicians that they too could make an important contribution to the music; Benny Goodman, the immigrants' son who learned the clarinet to help feed his family, but who grew up to teach a whole country how to dance; Billie Holiday, whose distinctive style routinely transformed mediocre music into great art; Charlie Parker, who helped lead a musical revolution, only to destroy himself at thirty-four; and Miles Davis, whose search for fresh ways to sound made him the most influential jazz musician of his generation, and then led him to abandon jazz altogether. Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Artie Shaw, and Ella Fitzgerald are all here; so are Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and a host of others. But Jazz is more than mere biography. The history of the music echoes the history of twentieth-century America. Jazz provided the background for the giddy era that F. Scott Fitzgerald called the Jazz Age. The irresistible pulse of big-band swing lifted the spirits and boosted American morale during the Great Depression and World War II. The virtuosic, demanding style called bebop mirrored the stepped-up pace and dislocation that came with peace. During the Cold War era, jazz served as a propaganda weapon--and forged links with the burgeoning counterculture. The story of jazz encompasses the story of American courtship and show business; the epic growth of great cities--New Orleans and Chicago, Kansas City and New York--and the struggle for civil rights and simple justice that continues into the new millennium. Visually stunning, with more than five hundred photographs, some never before published, this book, like the music it chronicles, is an exploration--and a celebration--of the American experiment.
John Coltrane - Omnibook by
Publication Date: 2013-12-01
(Jazz Transcriptions). 52 works transcribed exactly from the recorded solos of John Coltrane, including: Acknowledgement (Part I) * Airegin * Alabama * All Blues * All or Nothing at All * Bessie's Blues * Blue Train (Blue Trane) * Body and Soul * Bye Bye Blackbird * Central Park West * Chasin' the Trane * Countdown * Cousin Mary * Crescent * Eclypso * Equinox * Giant Steps * Grand Central * Impressions * In a Sentimental Mood * Just for the Love * Lazy Bird * Like Sonny (Simple Like) * Locomotion * Lonnie's Lament * Lush Life * Mr. P.C. * Moment's Notice * My Favorite Things * My One and Only Love * Naima (Niema) * Nita * Oleo * Paul's Pal * Pursuance (Part III) * Russian Lullaby * So What * Softly As in a Morning Sunrise * Some Other Blues * Spiral * Syeeda's Song Flute * Theme for Ernie * 26-2.
Marvin Gaye Greatest Hits by
Publication Date: 1996-11-01
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). 14 of the best songs from this R&B superstar. Includes: Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing * I Heard It Through the Grapevine * Let's Get It On * Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) * Sexual Healing * What's Going On * more.
Alicia Keys, As I Am by
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). This matching folio features all 14 songs from the 2007 release by this R&B superstar. Includes: As I Am (Intro) * Go Ahead * I Need You * Lesson Learned * Like You'll Never See Me Again * No One * Prelude to a Kiss * Superwoman * Sure Looks Good to Me * Teenage Love Affair * Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise) * The Thing About Love * Where Do We Go from Here * Wreckless Love.