A Change Is Gonna Come
Call Number: ML3479 .W47 1998
Explores the relationship between African American popular music and American culture through a review of artists' music.
African American music : an introduction
Call Number: Rock Hall Reference ML3556 .A37 2006
Designed for an introductory course in African American music, this title focuses on musical genres and styles, moving chronologically from folk traditions to modern forms. A final section discusses the aesthetics of African-American culture and music.
Can't Stop Won't Stop
Call Number: ML3531 .C536 2005
Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop has been a generation-defining global movement. In a post-civil rights era rapidly transformed by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop gave voiceless youths a chance to address these seismic changes, and became a job-making engine and the Esperanto of youth rebellion. Hip-hop crystallized a multiracial generation's worldview, and forever transformed politics and culture. But the epic story of how that happened has never been fully told . . . until now.
Call Number: ML3521 .P35 1982
Blues is the cornerstone of American popular music, the bedrock of rock and roll. In this extraordinary musical and social history, Robert Palmer traces the odyssey of the blues from its rural beginnings, to the steamy bars of Chicago's South Side, to international popularity, recognition, and imitation. Palmer tells the story of the blues through the lives of its greatest practitioners: Robert Johnson, who sang of being pursued by the hounds of hell; Muddy Waters, who electrified Delta blues and gave the music its rock beat; Robert Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson, who launched the King Biscuit Time radio show and brought blues to the airwaves; and John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, B. B. King, and many others.
Encyclopedia of African American music
Call Number: Rock Hall Reference ML101.U6 E53 2011
Editors Price, Kernodle, and Maxile provide balanced representation of various individuals, groups and ensembles associated with diverse religious beliefs, political affiliations, and perspectives. Also highlighted are the major record labels, institutions of higher learning, and various cultural venues that have had a tremendous impact on the development and preservation of African American music.
Encyclopedia of the Blues
Call Number: Rock Hall Reference ML102.B6 E53 2006
"Coverage includes: the whole history of the blues, from its antecedents in African and American types of music to the contemporary styles performed today; artists active throughout the United States and from foreign countries; the business of the blues, including individual record labels active since the prewar era; aspects particular to blues lyrics and music; specific issues such as race or gender as related to the blues; reference lists of blues periodicals, blues newsletters, libraries, and museums"--Publisher's description
Honkers and Shouters
Call Number: ML3521 .S53 1986
If you have an interest in the history of popular music in the United States, particularly the history of R&B, this is an excellent place to begin. Well researched and well written, this book is chock full of insight and information.
Sweet Soul Music
Call Number: ML3521 .G87S9 1999
This masterful exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.