Blue Notes: Books About Diasporic Music

Lift Every Voice and Sing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681199559
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 8th, 2019

Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345807410
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Published: Knopf - September 5th, 2017

Now in paperback, from the award-winning author of Jelly Roll and Book of Hours, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with "B sides" and "bonus tracks" from this prolific and widely acclaimed poet.


Jelly Roll: A Blues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375709890
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Published: Knopf - February 1st, 2005

In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration.


The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555976071
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 13th, 2012

*Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism*

*A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Literary Criticism and Essays Pick for Spring 2012*

The Grey Album, the first work of prose by the brilliant poet Kevin Young, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize


Mama Phife Represents: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642592665
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Published: Haymarket Books - January 19th, 2021

Award-winning poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor pays tribute to her departed son Malik 'Phife Dawg' Taylor of the legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest in this intimate collection.


Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982160302
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Published: Gallery Books - December 1st, 2020

From the eponymous star of one of the most popular reality shows in Fuse’s history, this no-holds-barred memoir and “snappily dictated story of inverted cultural norms in the wards of New Orleans” (East Bay Express) reveals the fascinating truth about a gay, self-proclaimed mama’s boy who exploded onto the formerly underground Bounce music scene and


Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780415926584
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Published: Routledge - November 2nd, 2001

In Soul Babies, Mark Anthony Neal explains the complexities and contradictions of black life and culture after the end of the Civil Rights era. He traces the emergence of what he calls a post-soul aesthetic, a transformation of values that marked a profound change in African American thought and experience.


Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781469661964
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 22nd, 2021

This vibrant book pulses with the beats of a new American South, probing the ways music, literature, and film have remixed southern identities for a post-civil rights generation. For scholar and critic Regina N.


JAY-Z: Made in America Cover Image
By Michael Eric Dyson, Pharrell (Contributions by), Pharrell (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781250230966
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 26th, 2019

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The Spirituals and the Blues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780883448434
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Published: Orbis Books - October 1st, 1992

Cone explores two classic aspects of African-American culture--the spirituals and the blues. He tells the captivating story of how slaves and the children of slaves used this music to affirm their essential humanity in the face of oppression. The blues are shown to be a "this-worldly" expression of cultural and political rebellion.


From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity (African Amer Music in Global Perspective) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780252078323
Published: University of Illinois Press - November 14th, 2011

This multilayered study of the representation of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance takes aim at the reduction of African American male culture to stereotypes of deviance, misogyny, and excess.