Blues People
Blues People
Negro Music in White America
Leroi Jones

"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music."

So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America -- not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.

Title Blues People
Subtitle Negro Music in White America
Author Leroi Jones
Publisher Harper Perennial
Title First Published 03 February 1999
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 256 p.
ISBN-10 068818474X
ISBN-13 9780688184742
Publication Date 03 February 1999
Main content page count 256
Weight 16 oz.

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