Our national conversation about race is out-of-date. Hip-hop is the key to understanding how things are changing. In a book that will appeal to hip-hoppers both black and white and their parents, Kitwana teases apart the culture of hip-hop to illuminate how race is being lived by young Americans. He poses and answers a plethora of questions, among them: Does hip-hop belong to black kids? What in hip-hop appeals to white youth? Is hip-hop different from what R&B, jazz, and even rock 'n' roll meant to previous generations? What does class have to do with it? How do young Americans think about race, and how has hip-hop influenced their perspective? Kitwana addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people, challenging preconceived notions of race. With this brave tour de force, Bakari Kitwana takes his place alongside the greatest African American intellectuals of the past decades.—From publisher description.
A companion volume to the landmark Visions of Jazz collects more than 140 writings celebrating jazz, with commentary on everything from modern jazz events and the current top musicians, to studies on the leading jazz figures of the past.
A fascinating chronicle of the great Chinese illusionist Chung Ling reveals his mastery of magic and his double life as an American passing himself off as Chinese, which was revealed when he died dodging bullets during his performance of "Defying the Bullets."
A look at the Hollywood motion picture industry examines how the major entertainment empires make their money, profiling the individuals who created these conglomerates and the ways in which Hollywood has evolved to survive financially.
A portrait of the trumpet virtuoso notes his place at the forefront of the bebop and Latin jazz revolutions, describing how he overcame rural poverty in race-torn South Carolina to rise to stardom and achieve eighteen honorary degrees and a Kennedy Center Honor. 20,000 first printing.
The author's quest to unravel the symbolic associations a guitar holds for so many takes him across America to talk with historians, curators, and guitar makers in an exploration of the folk instrument that became an American icon.
The story of the 1970s disco singer relates his humble origins, his early days as a chorus singer and member of the notorious Cockettes theatrical group, and the flamboyant energy and changing lifestyles that shaped his career.
Stating that classical music in the United States is largely performance driven, a chronological history documents its rise at the end of the nineteenth century and decline after World War I, covering such topics as the quest for an American compositional voice, the nation's top performers, and the author's recommendations about a postmodern musical direction. 13,000 first printing.