African American Music
Edited by Mellonee V. Burnim, Portia K. Maultsby
Routledge – 2006 – 736 pages
African American Music: An Introduction is a collection of thirty essays by leading scholars whch survey major African American musical genres, both sacred and secular, from slavery to the present. The work brings together, in a single volume, treatments of African American music that have existed largely independent of each other. The research is based in large part on ethnographic fieldwork, which privileges the voices of the music-makers themselves, while interpreting their narratives through a richly textured mosaic of history and culture. The book is replete with references to seminal recordings and recording artists, musical transcriptions, photographs, and illustrations that bring the music to life as expressions of human beings. At the same time, it includes the kind of musical specificity that brings clarity to the structural, melodic, and rhythmic characteristics that both distinguish and unify the music of African-Americans.
1. Intellectual History Portia K. Maultsby and Mellonee V. Burnim with contributions from Susan Oehler Part I Genres 2. Secular Folk Music Dena J. Epstein with contributions from Rosita M. Sands 3. Religious Music Mellonee V. Burnim 4. Blues Chronological Overview David Evans The Blues in Transcultural Contexts Susan Oehler 5. Ragtime Ingeborg Harer 6. Jazz Chronological Overview Ingrid Monson Interpreting Jazz Travis A. Jackson 7. Musical Theater Thomas L. Riis 8. Art/Classical Music Chronological Overview Josephine R. B. Wright Interpreting Classical Music Olly Wilson 9. Rhythm and Blues Portia K. Maultsby 10. Soul Portia K. Maultsby 11. Funk Portia K. Maultsby 12. Disco and House Kai Fikentscher 13. Techno Beverly May 14. Hip-Hop and Rap Dawn M. Norfleet Part II Issues of Mass Mediation 15. The Music Industry The Popular Music Industry Reebee Garofalo The Gospel Music Industry Mellonee V. Burnim 16. Profiles of Record Labels Motown Charles Sykes Stax Rob Bowman Philadelphia International John A. Jackson Part III Issues of Gender 17. Women in African American Music Gospel Mellonee V. Burnim Blues Daphne Duval Harrison Jazz Sherrie Tucker Women-Identified Music Eileen M. Hayes Rock Maureen Mahon Part IV Musical Agency 18. African American Music as Resistance Antebellum Period Lawrence W. Levine Civil Rights Movement Bernice Johnson Reagon Post-Civil Rights Period Mark Anthony Neal
Mellonee V. Burnim is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Adjunct Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.
Portia K. Maultsby is Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Adjunct Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, and Director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University.