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California Soul : Music of African Americans in the West - Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje

California Soul

Music of African Americans in the West


Published: 12th May 1998
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This new series, co-sponsored with The Center for Black Music Research of Columbia College, seeks to increase our understanding of black music genres and their importance to the cultures of the Atlantic world, including their influence on African musical styles. Books in the series will examine the wide-ranging music of the African diaspora--including the folk-derived musical styles of the Americas as well as European-influenced concert hall music of the entire black Atlantic world--by analyzing issues critical to our interpretation of the music itself and exploring the relationships between music and the other black expressive arts.
Focusing on blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul music, "California Soul" is one of the first books to explore the rich musical heritage of African Americans in California. The contributors describe in detail the individual artists, locales, groups, musical styles, and regional qualities, and the result is an important book that lays the groundwork for a whole new field of study. The essays draw from oral histories, music recordings, newspaper articles and advertisements, as well as population statistics to provide insightful discussions of topics like the California urban milieu's influence on gospel music, the development of the West Coast blues style, and the significance of Los Angeles's Central Avenue in the early days of jazz. Other essays offer perspectives on how individual musicians have been shaped by their African American heritage, and on the role of the record industry and radio in the making of music. In addition to the diverse range of essays, the book includes the most comprehensive bibliography now available on African American music and culture in California.

"Many clear voices, speaking with many accents but motivated by both knowledge and love, fill in a fascinating--if hitherto little-known--chapter from history. They speak (and sometimes almost sing) the story of California's unique involvement with black music, and these many pages come alive with the stories they tell."--Alan Rich, author and music critic, "LA Weekly

List of Illustrations, Charts, and Tables
Introductionp. 1
Music in an Urban Environment
Way out West on Central: Jazz in the African-American Community of Los Angeles before 1930p. 23
"Pitchin' up a Boogie": African-American Musicians, Nightlife, and Music Venues in Los Angeles, 1930-1945p. 79
Oakland Blues
Essayp. 104
A Conversation with Bob Geddinsp. 112
The California Black Gospel Music Tradition: A Confluence of Musical Styles and Culturesp. 124
Music and the Media
Insider Perspectives on the American Afrikan Popular Music Industry and Black Radiop. 179
The Popular Music Industry: An Interview with Al Bellp. 179
Black Radio in Los Angeles, 1980-1987: An Interview with Pam Robinsonp. 197
California Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1942-1972: A Diversity of Stylesp. 213
African Americans and "Lites Out Jazz" in San Diego: Marketing, Impact, and Criticismp. 244
The Musician as Innovator
Clora Bryant: Gender Issues in the Career of a West Coast Jazz Musicianp. 277
The Gospel of Andrae Crouch: A Black Angelenop. 294
Brenda Holloway: Los Angeles's Contribution to Motawnp. 321
Source Materials and Guide to African-American Music, Musicians, and Culture in California
Source Materialsp. 355
Guide to Source Materialsp. 431
Contributorsp. 449
Indexp. 455
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780520206281
ISBN-10: 0520206282
Series: Music of the African Diaspora
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 12th May 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Type: Annotated