Blues People was a book he published in back when he was still LeRoi Jones and African Americans were called Negroes. I didn’t purchase the book until. 26 Nov Alex Abramovich recommends “Blues People: Negro Music in White America” by Leroi Jones, who later changed his name to Amiri. 26 Jul Blues People outlined a black experience in sound, and it marked the beginning of LeRoi Jones’ social and personal metamorphosis.

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One has the work citations and the bibliography, but what I am considering is a chapter matched outline of books, films, and albums that one should study in order to garner an even deeper understanding of the material that is being discussed within that chapter. And when Baraka is talking about white performers feeling more comfortable with Bix Beiderbecke or Dave Brubeck due to some kind of intrinsic whiteness, how do we feel when we find that the only hip-hop in some suburban kid’s library is Macklemore?

This ignores the existence of change, innovation, creativity, and individual distinctions in favor of a nostalgic celebration of AFRICA. Negroes in the New World transformed their language to be a mix of their own language and their European masters’, which included Negro-English, Negro-Spanish, Negro-French, and Negro-Portuguese, all of which can be observed in their songs. bluez

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Blues All Around Me by B. X Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. Blues music gave birth to Jazz, and both genres of music stem lroi the work songs of the first generation of African slaves in America.


The chapter “Slave and Post-Slave” mainly addresses Baraka’s analysis of mones cultural changes Negro Americans had to face through their liberation as slaves, and how Blues developed and transformed through this process.

Chet Baker goes down in a mere two sentences.

Still, this is a must-read for die-hard blues fans. Scene of the Crime mystery fans. Blues went from a small work sound to a nationwide phenomenon. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Black History Meets Black Music: ‘Blues People’ At 50

This commodification of the music led to the development of a litany of carbon-copy big-bands that churned out music devoid of artistic merit and cultural relevance. Baraka stresses a point made by Melville Herskovitsthe anthropologist responsible for establishing African and African-American studies in academia, which suggests that value is relative or that “reference determines value”.

The change among speech patterns, which began to resemble Americanized English, also created a development in blues as words had to be announced correctly and soundly. As he would explain this books is the Negro guide in White America.

Reading “Blues People” by LeRoi Jones | Alex W. Rodriguez

And for Ralph not to understand that I think was a fundamental flaw in his understanding. International Customers If you are located outside the U. Baraka notes that this more classic blues created more instrumental opportunities for African Americans, but on the other hand instruments like the piano were the last to incorporate and had a much more free spirited melody than the other instruments or compared to ragtime.

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His concepts of rhythm, soul and racial memory intentionally exclude whites, making his evidence of their existence impossible for whites to know. Buy the selected items together This item: Spellman says a version of Blues People bluew naturally be different, but the focus on black experiences would remain. Jun 23, Kai rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 15, bfred rated it liked it.


He even offers some musical analysis that resonates with the musician in me — a true rarity among most jazz writing. Aug 29, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: Read reviews that mention blues people blues and jazz amiri baraka leroi leroii rock and roll ever written african americans black music american music african american evolution of black history of the blues black culture music in america american history jazz and blues history book music history book about the blues mainstream.

I don’t know bluee much about jazz, but this turned out to be to my benefit.

That’s a HUGE, brilliant observation. I am honestly having a hard time understanding m This book was NOT what I expected from reading the reviews.

Blues People: Negro Music in White America

In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Negro Music in White America—to this day one of the most influential volumes ppeople jazz criticism, especially in regard to the then beginning Free Jazz movement. It is sill raw enough to stand the dilution and in some cases, to even be made attractive by the very fact of its commercialization.

This was the beginning of the Jonea American bourgeois. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.