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The Music of Black Americans

A History

Eileen Southern


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A new edition of the classic text on African American music.

Beginning with the arrival of the first Africans in the English colonies, Eileen Southern weaves a fascinating narrative of intense musical activity. As singers, players, and composers, black American musicians are fully chronicled in this landmark book. Now in the third edition, the author has brought the entire text up to date and has added a wealth of new material covering the latest developments in gospel, blues, jazz, classical, crossover, Broadway, and rap as they relate to African American music.

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393971415, 704pp.

Publication Date: January 17, 1997

About the Author

Eileen Southern, Professor Emerita of Music and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University, founded and edited the journal The Black Perspective in Music (1973—90). She lives in New York City.