Change Is Gonna Come Music, Race and the Soul of America

ISBN-10: 0472031473
ISBN-13: 9780472031474
Edition: 2006
Authors: Craig Werner
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Description: Mahalia Jackson, James Brown, Diana Ross, the Righteous Brothers, the Jackson Five, Public Enemy, Tupac Shakur, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin--since the early 60s, Black popular music has become increasingly intertwined with  More...

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 1/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Mahalia Jackson, James Brown, Diana Ross, the Righteous Brothers, the Jackson Five, Public Enemy, Tupac Shakur, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin--since the early 60s, Black popular music has become increasingly intertwined with American culture, both drawing from it and shaping it. From Ray Charles to Ice Cube, Craig Werner draws lively character sketches of major musicians, intricately filling in the background historical events. From the inspirational soul music of the Civil Rights Movement and the Motown moment which aided and sped integration in its own way, to the angry "gangsta" rappers of today who dare to speak the uncensored truth, the songs are telling us the state of the world, and Werner helps train our ears to distinguish it. Emphasizing how musicians of all races have drawn on gospel, jazz, and the blues, "A Change Is Gonna Come" is a celebration of cultural tradition and an illustration of the way it can embrace us all.

Preface to the Revised Edition
Introduction: "What's Going On"
Acknowledgments
"A Change Is Gonna Come": Mahalia Jackson, Motown, and the Movement
The Dream
Mahalia and the Movement
"The Soul of the Movement": Calls and Responses
Motown: Money, Magic, and the Mask
The Big Chill vs. Cooley High: Two out of Three Falls for the Soul of Motown
The Gospel Impulse
Sam Cooke and the Voice of Change
Solid Gold Coffins: Phil Spector and the Girl Group Blues
SAR and the Ambiguity of Integration
"The Times They Are A-Changin'": Port Huron and the Folk Revival
Woody and Race
"Blowin' in the Wind": Politics and Authenticity
Music and the Truth: The Birth of Southern Soul
Down at the Crossroads
The Blues Impulse
Soul Food: The Mid-South Mix
Dylan, the Brits, and Blue-Eyed Soul
The Minstrel Blues
Otis, Jimi, and the Summer of Love: From Monterey to Woodstock
Last Thoughts on the Dream: Dot and Diana
"Love or Confusion?": Black Power, Vietnam, and the Death of the Dream
Sly in the Smoke
Death Warrants: LBJ, Martin, and the Liberal Collapse
"All Along the Watchtower": Jimi Hendrix and the Sound of Vietnam
'Retha, Rap, and Revolt
"Spirit in the Dark": Aretha's Gospel Politics
Jazz Warriors: Malcolm and Coltrane
The Jazz Impulse
"Black Is an' Black Ain't": JB, Miles, and Jimi
Curtis Mayfield's Gospel Soul
John Fogerty and the Mythic South
"Trouble Comin' Every Day": Southern Strategies and the Revolution on TV
Troubled Souls: Wattstax and Motown (West)
"Where Is the Love?": Donny Hathaway and the End of the Dream
"I Will Survive": Disco, Irony, and the Sound of Resistance
Reflections in a Mirror Ball
Reverend Green and the Return of Jim Crow
Demographics 101: Hard Times in Chocolate City
Black Love in the Key of Life
Jimmy Carter and the Great Quota Disaster of 1978
Roots: The Messages in the Music
God Love Sex: Disco and the Gospel Impulse
Disco Sucks
Punks and Pretenders
Rebellion or Revolution: Bruce Springsteen and the Clash
P-Funkentelechy
Redemption Songs: Bob Marley in Babylon
The Message: Hip-hop and the South Bronx
"And That's the Way That It Is": The Reagan Rules, Hip-hop, and the Megastars
Welcome to the Terrordome
Springsteen and the Reagan Rules
The Problem of Healing in the Hall of Mirrors
The View from Black America
The Way It Was and the Way It Is
Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby
Run-D.M.C. Negotiates the Mainstream
"A Hero to Most": Elvis in the Eighties
Megastardom and Its Discontents: Michael and Madonna
Duke Ellington for Our Time: The Symbol Formerly Known as Prince
West Africa Is in the House
"Bring the Noise": The New School Rap Game
"Know the Ledge": KRS-One, Rakim, and the Gangstas
"Born in the U.S.A.": Springsteen and Race
"Holler If Ya Hear Me": In the Nineties Mix
Wasteland of the Free
American Dreaming
C.R.E.A.M., or, Tupac on Death Row
No More Drama: Mary J. Blige and the Hip Hop Generation
The Gospel Impulse Gets Crunk: OutKast and the Dirty South
Ozomatli and the Myth of Purity: Notes on the Browning of America
The Gospel Impulse (Remixed): Bruce Springsteen, Kirk Franklin, and Lauryn Hill
Notes
Playlist
Index

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