Audiotopia Music, Race, and America
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Size: 6.10" wide x 8.94" long x 0.87" tall
|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|
|Conclusion: La Misma Cancion|