Black Notes: Essays of a Musician Writing in a Post-album Age (Google eBook)

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Literary Collections - 341 pages
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Following in the footsteps of renowned authors like Alain Locke, Harold Cruse, and Amiri Baraka, Black Notes: Essays of A Musician Writing in A Post-Album Age, takes as its mission an important aesthetic inquiry, asking the compelling questions: How did we get where we are? What's next among this generation's artistic voices, concerns, and practices? What is the future of Black Popular Music? In this fascinating collection of essays, interviews, and notes, Author William C. Banfield celebrates and critiques the values of contemporary Black popular music through the exploration of both present and past voices and movements. From his unique vantage point as musician, artist, and writer, Banfield examines a variety of influences in the music world, from 17th-century composer/violinist Chevalier de St. Georges to jazz giant Duke Ellington; from producer Quincy Jones to pop legend Prince. Using a wide-angle lens, Banfield effectively draws from the academic world of cultural studies as well as a plethora of popular culture examples, including contemporary Black American composers, films, and television shows.
  

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Contents

Opening Song A PostAlbum Age Blues Riff
3
Reflection Prelude
10
Introduction
16
Black Music A Historical Survey The Dippin Pool
25
Popular Culture in NonTheory Seeing Ourselves Revealing Ourselves Knowing Ourselves
62
Mobilization and Cultural Creation The Rise of African American Consciousness and an Interpretation of African American History and Culture 1990
70
The Undeniable Groove Black Rhythm in Artistic Expression 1992
80
Aesthetics for a Teaching Theory Meanings in Black Music Practice and History
89
The Music Kept Us from Being Paralyzed A Talk with Bernice Johnson Reagon
193
Four Talks on Artistic Responsibility Bobby McFerrin Ysaye Barnwell Billy Taylor Patrice Rushen
198
Two Articles about Steve Reich 1989
205
Farewell to Lenny Reflections on a Hero Beloved 1992
208
Ode to a Friend Michael Powell Visionary Producer 1992
211
His Royal Crowned Prince of Jazz Purists Times with Wynton Marsalis 1994
212
Stevie Wonder He Remembered My Name 1991
215
His Name Is Prince and He Is What? The Artist Genius and Meaning of 1994
217

Keepin It Real Arts and Humanizing Processes 1999
101
The Rub Markets Morals Theology and the Making of Music in Contemporary Popular Culture Russell Simmons Biggie Smalls Mary J Blige 2002
107
Black Artistic Invisibility A Black Composer Talking bout Taking Care of the Souls of Black Folks While Losing Much Ground Fast
121
You Call That Music Hip Hop with Libby Larsen Alexs Pate Russell Simmons
129
An Essay on Hip Hop and Popular Music Culture as One Road Map in Jazz Educations Future Directions 2003
140
The Sass and the Cool Sarah and Miles Tribute to the Staples of the Black Aesthetic 1990
147
Poetry Blues Rhetoric and Prayer for the Complacent Wearing Afros in Late 199? January 1993
153
The Work Illuminating the Way and Moving the People Beyond 1997
157
An Interview with William Banfield James P Johnson Duke Ellington Anthony Braxton and the AACM by Alan Baker Minnesota Public Radio Marc...
165
Radio Programs Introduction
173
Q The Music of Composer Quincy Jones
174
Mozarts Afro Cousin Joseph the Chevalier de St Georges
176
James P Johnsons Stride
178
Just Make Music The Music of Douglas Ewart
180
Regina Carter
182
Ms Rushen Our AllKeys Player
183
Billy Childs The World Where I Live
185
What Makes a Piece of Music for You? Hale Smith
187
Where Do the Musical Geniuses Go? Jaco Pastorius
189
The Day I Met Flavor Flav Public Enemy and the Boyyy 1994
231
Rap Music on Trial 1994
233
A Brush with Teddy Rileys Last Words 1994
235
96 Hemmingway The Boston Daze 1994
236
Gordon Parks An Artist Celebrating the Human Spirit 2000
238
Ralph Ellison A Raisin in the Sun We Bamboozled Some Thoughts 2004
240
The Future of Black Popular Music A Theory of Contemporary Interpretation
247
Tracing the Seeds of Our Cultural Decay
253
Were Representin The Hope for the Future of Black Popular Music
256
Who Stole the Souls of Black Folk?
260
Treading Turbulent Waters Being an Invisible Black Artist in Contemporary American Culture Foundations for Cultural Theory 2004
264
Still Black Notes Reporting from the 2004 BET Black Entertainment TV Awards Show
275
Staying TuneFull From Where I Have Walked Final Reflections and the Hopes in the Future of Black Music Culture
283
Coda and Cadence
300
Photos
303
Notes
319
Index
327
About the Author
341
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About the author (2004)

William C. Banfield is Professor of Africana Studies/Music/Society at Berklee School of Music. A musician, composer, conductor, and musical director, Banfield is the consulting editor for African American Cultural Studies for the Scarecrow Press, Inc.

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