Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Randall Sandke

Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz

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Publication date: January 2010
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Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet tackles a controversial question: Is jazz the product of an insulated African-American environment, shut off from the rest of society by strictures of segregation and discrimination, or is it more properly understood as the juncture of a wide variety of influences under the broader umbrella of American culture? This book does not question that jazz was created and largely driven by African Americans, but rather posits that black culture has been more open to outside influences than most commentators are likely to admit. The majority of jazz writers, past and present, have embraced an exclusionary viewpoint. Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet begins by looking at many of these writers, from the birth of jazz history up to the present day, to see how and why their views have strayed from the historical record. This book challenges many widely held beliefs regarding the history and nature of jazz in an attempt to free jazz of the socio-political baggage that has so encumbered it. The result is a truer appreciation of the music and a greater understanding of the positive influence racial interaction and jazz music have had on each other.
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Where the Dark and the Light Folk Meet

Randall Sanke here attempts to answer perhaps the most pertinent question in jazz history – was it just a black thing or a black and white thing? More to the point, he compares jazz at root level to the form within its fully functional sphere of business and politics – in full swing, if you will. It’s a touchy subject for many. Especially for purists, who believe that white folks should have stuck to their day jobs in the first place. Sanke talks at base level on an important subject which has been branded a ‘necessary’ one. This isn’t far wrong, and the author objectifies what could so easily been personalised, as he savours the moments of black and white history, applauds those in search of the abolishment of segregation, and dispels many a myth in the process. He bravely positions certain white artists continuing to play jazz against heavy criticism, as doing so in tribute for the form taught them by African Americans; when it is so easy to include this matter exclusively in the struggle of the black artists. Those who did subscribe to segregation in their bands and their lives, we should quite rightly be informed of, but the positive togetherness of the dark- and light-skinned players is arguably more important and more constructive when jazz is looked at from a viewpoint concerned with far more than just jazz. This book looks through that lens, and its plain writing on a complex subject offers an elevated level of further debate. Let the conversation be risen to.
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Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Randall Sandke
Scarecrow Press, January 2010
ISBN: 9780810869905
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