A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America

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University of Michigan Press, 2006 - Music - 468 pages
". . . extraordinarily far-reaching. . . . highly accessible."
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"No one has written this way about music in a long, long time. Lucid, insightful, with real spiritual, political, intellectual, and emotional grasp of the whole picture. A book about why music matters, and how, and to whom."
-Dave Marsh, author of Louie, Louie and Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story

"This book is urgently needed: a comprehensive look at the various forms of black popular music, both as music and as seen in a larger social context. No one can do this better than Craig Werner."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

"[Werner has] mastered the extremely difficult art of writing about music as both an aesthetic and social force that conveys, implies, symbolizes, and represents ideas as well as emotion, but without reducing its complexities and ambiguities to merely didactic categories."
-African American Review

A Change Is Gonna Come is the story of more than four decades of enormously influential black music, from the hopeful, angry refrains of the Freedom movement, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million Man March; from Woodstock's "Summer of Love" to the war in Vietnam and the race riots that inspired Marvin Gaye to write "What's Going On."

Originally published in 1998, A Change Is Gonna Come drew the attention of scholars and general readers alike. This new edition, featuring four new and updated chapters, will reintroduce Werner's seminal study of black music to a new generation of readers.

Craig Werner is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and author of many books, including Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse and Up Around the Bend: An Oral History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. His most recent book is Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul.
 

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Werner (Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse, Univ. of Illinois, 1994) charts the integrative influence of African American-based music on race relations in the United States ... Read full review

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Contents

The Gospellmpulse
28
and the Folk Revival
44
Politics and Authenticity
53
Down at the Crossroads
65
From Monterey to Woodstock
89
Dot and Diana
94
Sly in the Smoke
103
LBJ Martin and the Liberal Collapse
106
PFunkentelechy
226
Bob Marley in Babylon
230
Hiphop and the South Bronx
236
Welcome to the Terrordome
245
Springsteen and the Reagan Rules
246
The Problem of Healing in the Hall of Mirrors
251
The View from Black America
253
The Way It Was and the Way It Is
257

Jimi Hendrix and the Sound Of Vietnam
109
Retha Rap and Revolt
116
Arethas Gospel Politics
121
Malcolm and Coltrane
125
The Jazz impulse
132
JB Miles and Jimi
137
Curtis Mayfields Gospel Soul
144
John Fogerty and the Mythic South
151
Southern Strategies and the Revolution on TV
158
Wattstax and Motown West
165
Donny Hathaway and the End of the Dream
172
Reflections in a Mirror Ball
177
Reverend Green and the Return of Jim Crow
179
Hard Times in Chocolate City
183
Black Love in the Key of Life
187
Jimmy Carter and the Great Quota Disaster of 1978
191
The Messages in the Music
197
Disco and the Gospel Impulse
203
Disco Sucks
209
Punks and Pretenders
212
Bruce Springsteen and the Clash
218
Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby
260
RunD M C Negotiates the Mainstream
262
Elvis in the Eighties
263
Michael and Madonna
271
The Symbol Formerly Known as Prince
277
West Africa Is in the House
281
The New School Rap Game
284
KRSOne Rakim and the Gangstas
290
Springsteen and Race
297
Holler If Ya Hear Me In the Nineties Mix
307
American Dreaming
309
R E A M or Tupac on Death Row
314
Mary J Blige and the Hip Hop Generation
319
OutKast and the Dirty South
330
Notes on the Browning of America
338
Bruce Springsteen Kirk Franklin and Lauryn Hill
348
Notes
363
Playlist
398
Index
427
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