Title: Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American ...
Publisher: University of California Press
Book Condition: New
Book Type: Paperback
Paperback. 426 pages. Dimensions: 8.6in. x 5.7in. x 1.2in.For almost half a century, Amiri Baraka has ranked among the most important commentators on African American music and culture. In this brilliant assemblage of his writings on music, the first such collection in nearly twenty years, Baraka blends autobiography, history, musical analysis, and political commentary to recall the sounds, people, times, and places hes encountered. As in his earlier classics, Blues People and Black Music, Baraka offers essays on the famousMax Roach, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltraneand on those whose names are known mainly by jazz aficionadosAlan Shorter, Jon Jang, and Malachi Thompson. Barakas literary style, with its deep roots in poetry, makes palpable his love and respect for his jazz musician friends. His energy and enthusiasm show us again how much Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and the others he lovingly considers mattered. He brings home to us how music itself matters, and how musicians carry and extend that knowledge from generation to generation, providing us, their listeners, with a sense of meaning and belonging. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780520265820
Review: "A major contribution to both African American literature and American music criticism." African American Review 21020724 "Meditations on black music, primarily jazz, that American classical music, that will satisfy anyone who desires intelligent thought on the genre." -- Colin Cooper Beat Scene Magazine 20100101 "As lively and compelling as his strongest work of the past." -- Richard Meltzer The Oregonian 20090723 "There is much to recommend in this excellent volume of essays." Magill's Literary Annual / Salem Press 20110315 "Digging will prove an important book... Enjoy the liveliness of Baraka's writing." Cadence Magazine (2) 20110301 "Offers up history, musical analyses and a political commentary as they relate to African-American music and culture." Goldmine Magazine 20100618
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