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Lyrical Protest: Black Music’s Struggle Against Discrimination (Media and Society Series) Reviews

Lyrical Protest: Black Music’s Struggle Against Discrimination (Media and Society Series)

In this powerful new study Mary Ellison demonstrates the unique role of black music as an articulation of black aspirations and fears, and as a reaction to a range of social, economic, and political realities. She reveals black music as a soundtrack for life in all its complexity. Through a very close examination of lyrics, musical style, and form in black music throughout history, Ellison brings to light a genre of music varied in its intentions and impact; a catalyst for activism and a stimulus for changing attitudes. The book is organized around topical issues and explores such themes as black power, revolution, socialism, black feminism, and world peace.One of the few books on music and social change to deal specifically with black musi

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Somebody Scream!: Rap Music’s Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power

Somebody Scream!: Rap Music’s Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power

“A strong and timely book for the new day in hip-hop. Don’t miss it!”—Cornel West For many African Americans of a certain demographic the sixties and seventies were the golden age of political movements. The Civil Rights movement segued into the Black Power movement which begat the Black Arts movement. Fast forward to 1979 and the release of Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” With the onset of the Reagan years, we begin to see the unraveling of many of the advances fought for in the previous decades. Much of this occurred in the absence of credible, long-term leadership in the black community. Young blacks disillusioned with politics and feeling society no longer cared or looked out for their concerns started rapping with each o

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At The Grammys! Behind the Scenes at Music’s Biggest Night

At The Grammys! Behind the Scenes at Music’s Biggest Night

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