Iconography of Music in African-American Culture (1770s-1920s)
Routledge – 2001 – 288 pages
This lavishly illustrated book brings together for the first time a significant body of imagery devoted to the traditional culture of the African-American slave.
"The importance of this work thus extends beyond musicians to sociologists and Americanists…The work of two major figures in music history, this volume is recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above." -- Choice
"Must Read." -- Today's Books
"A valuable visual supplement to more traditional histories of the period." -- Booklist
Eileen Southern is Professor Emerita of Music and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University. She is the author or editor of several books on African-American music, including The Music of Black Americans: A History, Readings in Black American Music, and Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians. She lives in Queens, NY.
Josephine Wright is Professor of Music and Black Studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio. She is coeditor (with Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.) of New Perspectives on Music: Essays in Honor of Eileen Southern, and coauthor (with Eileen Southern) of African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance: 1600s-1920: An Annotated Bibliography. She lives in Wooster, OH.