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The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States

Samuel A. Floyd


This book offers a new way of listening to the music of black America, and of appreciating its profound contribution to all American music. Striving to break down the barriers that remain between high art and low art, it illuminates the centuries-old linkage between the music, myths, and rituals of Africa and the continuing evolution and enduring vitality of African American music. Inspired by the pioneering work of Sterling Stuckey and Henry Louis Gates Jr., the author advocates a new critical approach grounded in the forms and traditions of the music itself.

Keywords: black music, American music, African American music, music, myths, rituals, Sterling Stuckey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195109757
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel A. Floyd, author
Columbia College, Chicago