Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2002 - Music - 510 pages
A product of old-fashioned, back-wearying, foundational scholarship, yet very readable, this book is certain to feature importantly in future studies of early jazz and its prehistory. Highly recommended. ? Library Journal. This volume makes possible the study of the rise of black music in the days that paved the way for the Harlem Renaissance?the brass bands, the banjo and mandolin clubs, the male quartets, and theatrical companies. Summing up: Essential. ? Choice Outstanding Academic Title. A landmark study, based on thousands of music-related references mined by the authors from a variety of contemporaneous sources, especially African American community newspapers, Out of Sight examines musical personalities, issues, and events in context. It confronts the inescapable marketplace concessions musicians made to the period's prevailing racist sentiment. It describes the worldwide travels of jubilee singing companies, the plight of the great black prima donnas, and the evolution of ?authentic? African American minstrels. Generously reproducing newspapers and photographs, Out of Sight puts a face on musical activity in the tightly knit black communities of the day. Drawing on hard-to-access archival sources and song collections, the book is of crucial importance for understanding the roots of ragtime, blues, jazz, and gospel. Essential for comprehending the evolution and dissemination of African American popular music from 1900 to the present, Out of Sight paints a rich picture of musical variety, personalities, issues, and changes during the period that shaped American popular music and culture for the next hundred years.
 

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Contents

Chapter 2 1890
72
Chapter 3 1891
144
Chapter 4 1892
204
Chapter 5 1893
272
Chapter 6 1894
324
Chapter 7 1895
390
Repertoire of the Tennessee Jubilee Singers 18881889
463
Repertoire of McAdoos Virginia Concert Company and Jubilee Singers 18921893
464
Roster of the Detroit City Band 18911892
465
Notes
467
Index
485
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