Black Power Music!: Protest Songs, Message Music, and the Black Power Movement (Hardcover)

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Black Power Music!: Protest Songs, Message Music, and the Black Power Movement (Hardcover)


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Black Power Music Protest Songs, Message Music, and theBlack Power Movement critically explores the soundtracks of the Black Power Movement as forms of "movement music." That is to say, much of classic Motown, soul, and funk music often mirrored and served as mouthpieces for the views and values, as well as the aspirations and frustrations, of the Black Power Movement. Black Power Music is also about the intense interconnections between Black popular culture and Black political culture, both before and after the Black Power Movement, and the ways in which the Black Power Movement in many senses symbolizes the culmination of centuries of African American politics creatively combined with, and ingeniously conveyed through, African American music. Consequently, the term "Black Power music" can be seen as a code word for African American protest songs and message music between 1965 and 1975. "Black Power music" is a new concept that captures and conveys the fact that the majority of the messages in Black popular music between 1965 and 1975 seem to have been missed by most people who were not actively involved in, or in some significant way associated with, the Black Power Movement.

Reiland Rabaka is Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Founder and Director of the Center for African & African American Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Rabaka has published 17 books and more than 85 scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays. His books include Civil Rights Music, Hip Hop's Inheritance, Hip Hop's Amnesia, The Hip Hop Movement, Africana Critical Theory, Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology, Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon's Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization, Concepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory, The Negritude Movement, The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism, and Du Bois: A Critical Introduction. His cultural criticism, social commentary, and political analysis have been featured in print, radio, television, and online media venues such as NPR, PBS, BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, BET, VH1, The Guardian, and USA Today, among others.
Product Details ISBN: 9781032184326
ISBN-10: 1032184329
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 14th, 2022
Pages: 208
Language: English