Blues People: Negro Music in White America

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Greenwood Press, 1980 - Social Science - 244 pages
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It's fascinating, well-researched, and flows nicely. - Goodreads
I found this very dense and hard to read. - Goodreads
The book is extremely well written and well researched. - Goodreads
But his research is full of holes. - Goodreads
And I look farward to reading more of his writing soon. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

When I hear a blues song I listen to the simple lyrics that convey emotion. Unlike a blues song this book wasn't simply written. Jones filled the book with academic text that I found myself mentally ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rob the Obscure - Goodreads

This book is essential to anyone who loves blues, jazz, R&B, or even roots rock n' roll, and desires to understand the contribution of the Negro culture to these music forms and, thereby, to American ... Read full review

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Amiri Baraka was born LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey. Considered a highly controversial writer, Baraka deals with the experiences and anger of the African American community while describing and validating the quality of black life. Baraka was educated at Howard University and has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Rutgers University. Early in his career, he aligned himself with the beat generation. After visiting Cuba, he developed a more militant political voice and attacked much of the white community that had previously been his allies. Since that time, his writing has been firmly centered on the black experience and has been aggressive and separatist. In 1964, Baraka's play, The Dutchman, won an Obie Award for Best American off-Broadway play and in 1967, it was made into a film. Other works include the plays The Slave and The Toilet and a collection of poetry, Preface to a Twenty-Volume Suicide Note.

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