Audiotopia Music, Race, and America

ISBN-10: 0520244249
ISBN-13: 9780520244245
Edition: 2005
Authors: Josh Kun
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Description: Ranging from Los Angeles to Havana to the Bronx to the U.S.-Mexico border and from klezmer to hip hop to Latin rock, this groundbreaking book injects popular music into contemporary debates over American identity. Josh Kun insists that America is  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Ranging from Los Angeles to Havana to the Bronx to the U.S.-Mexico border and from klezmer to hip hop to Latin rock, this groundbreaking book injects popular music into contemporary debates over American identity. Josh Kun insists that America is not a single chorus of many voices folded into one, but rather various republics of sound that represent multiple stories of racial and ethnic difference. To this end he covers a range of music and listeners to evoke the ways that popular sounds have expanded our idea of American culture and American identity. Artists as diverse as The Weavers, Cafeacute; Tacuba, Mickey Katz, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bessie Smith, and Ozomatli reveal that the song of America is endlessly hybrid, heterogeneous, and enriching--a source of comfort and strength for populations who have been taught that their lives do not matter. Kun melds studies of individual musicians with studies of painters such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and of writers such as Walt Whitman, James Baldwin, and Langston Hughes. There is no history of race in the Americas that is not a history of popular music, Kun claims. Inviting readers to listen closely and critically,Audiotopiaforges a new understanding of sound that will stoke debates about music, race, identity, and culture for many years to come.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Strangers among Sounds
Against Easy Listening, or, How to Hear America Sing
The Yiddish Are Coming
Life According to the Beat
Basquiat's Ear, Rahsaan's Eye
I, Too, Sing America
Rock's Reconquista
Conclusion: La Misma Cancion
Notes
Bibliography
Discography
Index

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