Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy

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Scarecrow Press, Dec 10, 2009 - Music - 254 pages
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No art can survive without an understanding of, and dedication to, the values envisioned by its creators. No culture over time has existed without a belief system to sustain its survival. Black music is no different. In Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy, William C. Banfield engages the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings that inform this critical component of our social consciousness.

By providing a focused examination of the historical development of Black music artistry, Banfield formulates a useable philosophy tied to how such music is made, shaped, and functions. In so doing, he explores Black music culture from three angles: history, education, and the creative work of the musicians who have moved the art forward. In addition to tracing Black music from its African roots to its various contemporary expressions, including jazz, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop, Banfield profiles some of the most important musicians over the last century: W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, John Coltrane, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Cultural Codes provides an educational and philosophical framework for students and scholars interested in the traditions, the development, the innovators, and the relevance of Black music.
 

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Contents

Makings of a Black Music Philosophy
3
Ch02 A New Black Music Arts Aesthetic
11
Ch03 A History of Aesthetic Definitions
23
Ch04 Hip to the Hop
37
Part II BUILDING A BLACKMUSIC PHILOSOPHY
47
Ch05 A Cultural Education
49
Ch06 Black Music Studies
75
Part III MAPPING BLACK MUSICHISTORY MEANINGCODES AND ARTISTRY
85
Ch09 Race Records GospelRB and Urban Blues
149
Soul Funk and Global
155
Connecting the Dots
171
CLOSING THEMES
181
Ch12 Core Values and the Black Aesthetic Code
183
Recommended Music and Songs
189
Notes
195
Index
199

Ch07 African Roots toBlues New Orleans and Ragtime
87
Photospread
122
The NewModern Mode of Being
123
About the Author
219
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William C. Banfield is professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society at Berklee College of Music. A composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist, he has been hired by the Quincy Jones Foundation to head up a national team to write a new American Popular Music national curriculum. He is the author of Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers (Scarecrow, 2003) and Black Notes: Essays of a Musician Writing in a Post-Album Age (Scarecrow, 2004).

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