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Don't Deny My Name - Words and Music and the Black Intellectual Tradition

Thomas, Lorenzo

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ISBN 10: 0472098926 / ISBN 13: 9780472098927
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Title: Don't Deny My Name - Words and Music and the...

Publisher: Univ Michigan Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Black musical forms profoundly influenced the work of American poet and leading literary figure Lorenzo Thomas, and he wrote about them with keen insight---and obvious pleasure. This book, begun by Thomas before his death in 2005, collects more than a dozen of his savvy yet engagingly personal essays that probe the links between African American music, literature, and popular culture, from the Harlem Renaissance to the present.

Don't Deny My Name (which takes its title from a blues song by Jelly Roll Morton) begins by laying out the case that the blues is a body of literature that captured the experience of African American migrants to the urban North and newer territories to the West. The essays that follow collectively provide a tour of the movement through classic jazz, bop, and the explosions of the free jazz era, followed by a section on R&B and soul. The penultimate essay is a meditation on rap music that attempts to bring together the extremes of emotion that hip hop elicits, and the collection ends with an unfinished preface to the volume.

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Lorenzo Thomas was the author of numerous books of poetry and criticism, including A Visable Island, Fit Music, California Songs, and Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and Twentieth-Century American Poetry. He began his career in the 1960s and was an important member of the Black Arts Movement of that era. Aldon Nielsen is George and Barbara Kelly Professor in American Literature at Pennsylvania State University and author of Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism and Reading Race in American Poetry.

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