Black Music Research Journal

This journal offers articles on philosophy, aesthetics, history and criticism of black music.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1-2, Spring-Fall

A Candle for Queen Ida
in a jook joint on no map but the map of memory the private possession of a few and one of them ... sometimes asks where was that? somewhere back in the woods ...--davenport (1991, 26) In Los Angeles, in 1982, I was invited to hear a white women's...
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Appalachian Blues
By sheer coincidence, the U.S. Congress declared July 2002 to July 2003 "The Year of Appalachia" while, concurrently, the Senate designated 2003 "The Year of the Blues." Whatever the value of such congressional endorsements, the conjunction of these...
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Appalachian Jazz: Some Preliminary Notes
It hardly seems necessary to justify the study of jazz and jazz musicians, in this case Americans of African descent, in any effort to understand this music as the product of real individuals, people who belong to a place and who are formed in some...
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Black Banjo Songsters in Appalachia
By the twentieth century, the five-string banjo had become the symbol of Appalachia and its "hillbillies." At the turn of the twentieth century, individualized local styles of old-time Appalachian string music rang out from nearly every holler and...
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Black Musicians in Appalachia: An Introduction to Affrilachian Music
This special issue of Black Music Research Journal, devoted to the African-American music of Appalachia, focuses on a long-neglected but important region of the African diaspora. Because the music of blacks in the Appalachian region has been poorly...
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Fiddling as an Avenue of Black-White Musical Interchange
It is common for historians to view the development of American popular music in terms of the blending of African and European musical elements and the melding of folk and popular traditions. A textbook designed for use in university-level classes...
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Movin' the Mountains: An Overview of Rhythm and Blues and Its Presence in Appalachia
Think of Appalachian music and, initially, the associations are likely Anglo. Terms like "bluegrass," "country," "old-timey," "string band," "hillbilly," and "mountain music" spring to mind. However, given the enormous sweep of Appalachia--from the...
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Music Box Meets the Toccoa Band: The Godfather of Soul in Appalachia
"You ought to be in Toccoa this time of year, the mountains. That's air so fresh, the honeysuckle.... That's another place up there." --James Brown (1990, xxviii) It was a warm June afternoon in Toccoa, Georgia, in 1973, and I was standing at...
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The Three Doc(k)s: White Blues in Appalachia
In his 1961 discussion of the Carter Family's recording of "Coal Miner's Blues," folklorist Archie Green (1961, 231) asked an important question: "How did [the blues] penetrate the Southern Highlands and sink into the consciousness of white singers...
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