Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Amiri Baraka

Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music

University of California Press
Publication date: April 2009
ISBN: 9780520943094
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""As a commentator on American music, and African American music in particular, Baraka occupies a unique niche. His intelligence, critical sense, passion, strong political stances, involvement with musicians and in the musical world, as well as in his community, give his work a quality unlike any other. As a reviewer and as someone inside the movement, he writes powerfully about music as few others can or do.""â¿¿Steven L. Isoardi, author of Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles ""Every jazz musician who has endured beyond changing fashions and warring cultures has had a signature sound. Amiri Barakaâ¿¿from the very beginning of his challenging, fiery presence on the jazz sceneâ¿¿has brought probing light, between his off-putting thunderclaps, on what is indeed America's classical music. I sometimes disagree insistently with Amiri, and it's mutual; but when he gets past his parochial pyrotechnics, as in choruses in this book, he brings you into the life force of this music.""â¿¿Nat Hentoff, author of The Jazz Life
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It has to be said, this book entices the reader with themes summarised most – for want of a better word – romantically. The titles of its chapters are beautiful to read alone. And there are plenty of them to get through! The style is what one might expect reading the title, although I’m not judging. But seriously, I don’t usually like too many exclamatory anecdotes or phrases in a work which positions itself as a text at the more classical end of factual writing; this book, however, justifies it, and brings forward a subtle vernacular from the off. A much discussed subject, carried off well in this instance.
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