Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: March 2009
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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A product of old-fashioned, back-wearying, foundational scholarship, yet very readable, this book is certain to feature importantly in future studies of early jazz and its prehistory. Highly recommended. GÇöLibrary JournalThis volume makes possible the study of the rise of black music in the days that paved the way for the Harlem RenaissanceGÇöthe brass bands, the banjo and mandolin clubs, the male quartets, and theatrical companies. Summing up: Essential. GÇöChoice Outstanding Academic TitleA landmark study, based on thousands of music-related references mined by the authors from a variety of contemporaneous sources, especially African American community newspapers, Out of Sight examines musical personalities, issues, and events in context. It confronts the inescapable marketplace concessions musicians made to the periodGÇÖs prevailing racist sentiment. It describes the worldwide travels of jubilee singing companies, the plight of the great black prima donnas, and the evolution of GÇ£authenticGÇ¥ African American minstrels. Generously reproducing newspapers and photographs, Out of Sight puts a face on musical activity in the tightly knit black communities of the day.Drawing on hard-to-access archival sources and song collections, the book is of crucial importance for understanding the roots of ragtime, blues, jazz, and gospel. Essential for comprehending the evolution and dissemination of African American popular music from 1900 to the present, Out of Sight paints a rich picture of musical variety, personalities, issues, and changes during the period that shaped American popular music and culture for the next hundred years.