This unique collection of essays examines the flow of African American music and musicians across the Atlantic to Europe from the time of slavery to the twentieth century. In a sweeping examination of different musical forms--spirituals, blues, jazz, skiffle, and orchestral music--the contributors consider the reception and influence of black music on a number of different European audiences, particularly in Britain, but also France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The essayists approach the subject through diverse historical, musicological, and philosophical perspectives. A number of essays document little-known performances and recordings of African American musicians in Europe. Several pieces, including one by Paul Oliver, focus on the appeal of the blues to British listeners. At the same time, these considerations often reveal the ambiguous nature of European responses to black music and in so doing add to our knowledge of transatlantic race relations.
Contributions from Christopher G. Bakriges, Sean Creighton, Jeffrey Green, Leighton Grist, Bob Groom, Rainer E. Lotz, Paul Oliver, Catherine Parsonage, Iris Schmeisser, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Robert Springer, Rupert Till, Guido van Rijn, David Webster, Jen Wilson, and Neil A. Wynn
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This book of essays analyzing the impact of African American stylings and their European reverberations
- Examines several genres of music
- Includes outstanding essayists, internationally renown experts, plus new, young writers in the field
- Features essays from Christopher G. Bakriges (Elms College); Sean Creighton (independent); Jeffrey Green (independent); Leighton Grist (King Alfred's College-Winchester); Bob Groom (independent); Rainer E. Lotz (independent); Paul Oliver (Oxford Brookes University); Catherine Parsonage (Leeds College of Music); Iris Schmeisser (University of Erlangen, Germany); Roberta Freund Schwartz (University of Kansas); Robert Springer (University of Metz, France); Rupert Till (University of Huddersfield); Guido van Rijn ( Kennemer Lyceum-Overveen, Netherlands); David Webster (University of Gloucestershire); Jen Wilson (Women's Jazz Archive/Swansea, Wales); Neil A. Wynn (University of Gloucestershire).
- Covers a diversity of disciplines and approaches
- Expands the American Made Music Series
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Essays analyzing the impact of African American music and its European reverberations