Why were both the Beatles and classical music so troubling to black people? Are identity and music still the same? Has there been an Obama-like breaking down of culture barriers? In Soul Music former black activist Candace Allen investigates whether the pitched battles between 'our' music and 'their' music of her youth are alive among young people engaged in music study. Following the beat of classical music in her own life to places where different cultures meet, she visits Palestine, Venezuela, Scotland, the streets of London and Kinshasa. Is the tribal multiculturalism of the past stifling the new generation? Should 20th-century cultural warriors stop hampering progress, so that boundaries will be crossed?
'How it feels to be free... So powerful... She reveals much about what lies at the heart of any journey into so-called classical music.' Guy Dammann, New Statesman 'Formidable.' Evening Standard 'Intriguing and sometimes disturbing series of reflections on the interplay of race and music, particularly western music... Enthralled by her grasp of the educational subtleties of El Sistema... There is much food for contemplation and much for confrontation.' Norman Lebrecht 'Thoughtful and passionate and needs to be read.' Alan Davey, Chief Executive Arts Council England. 'The most interesting book to date on the subject of social music projects... passion, zeal and candour...will appeal and infuriate.' Marshall Marcus, Director Southbank Centre's Sistema Research Programme
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 21st June 2012
Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.3 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.3