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

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Plume, 1998 - Music - 430 pages
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Chronicles more than 40 years of contemporary black music, from the hopeful, angry refrains of the freedom movement to the slick pop of Motown; from Woodstock to the war in Vietnam and the race riots that inspired Marvin Gaye to write 'What's Going On'; from the disco inferno to the Million Man March. '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

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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 Dream
3
Mahalia and the Movement
4
Calls and Responses
11
Money Magic and the Mask
15
Two out of Three Falls for the Soul of Motown
22
The Gospel Impulse
28
Sam Cooke and the Voice of Change
31
Phil Spector and the Girl Group Blues
37
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
PFunkentelechy
226

SAR and the Ambiguity of Integration
40
Port Huron and the Folk Revival
44
Woody and Race
49
Politics and Authenticity
53
The Birth of Southern Soul
56
Down at the Crossroads
65
The Blues Impulse
68
The MidSouth Mix
72
Dylan the Brits and BlueEyed Soul
79
The Minstrel Blues
85
From Monterey to Woodstock
89
Dot and Diana
94
Love or Confusion? Black Power Vietnam and the Death of the Dream
101
Sly in the Smoke
103
LBJ Martin and the Liberal Collapse
106
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
I Will Survive Disco Irony and the Sound of Resistance
175
Reflections in a Mirror Ball
177
Reverend Green and the Return of Jim Crow
179
Hard Times in Chocolate City
183
Bob Marley in Babylon
230
Hiphop and the South Bronx
236
And Thats the Way That It Is The Reagan Rules Hiphop and the Megastars
243
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
Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby
260
RunD M C Negotiates the Mainstream
262
Elvis in the Eighties
263
Michael and Madonna
271
The Symbol Fomerly 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
Deeper Shades of Soul
319
Ancestors and Elders
327
Conversations with the Ancestors
333
Flashes of the Spirit
336
Redemption Songs The Nineties Remix
340
Notes
354
Playlist
388
Index
419
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About the author (1998)

CRAIG WERNER teaches African American music, literature, and cultural history at the University of Wisconsin, where he has won numerous teaching awards.

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