Freedom Sounds

Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa
TitleFreedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorMonson, Ingrid
Number of Pages402
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York
Publication Languageeng
ISBN or ASIN Number2147483647
KeywordsActivism, Africa, African American history, African American Music, African History, African Independence, Black Power Movement, Civil Rights Movement, jazz, Politics
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An insightful examination of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement and African Independence on jazz in the 1950s and 60s, Freedom Sounds traces the complex relationships among music, politics, aesthetics, and activism through the lens of the hot-button racial and economic issues of the time. Ingrid Monson illustrates how the contentious soul-searching debates in the Civil Rights, African Independence, and Black Power movements shaped aesthetic discussion and exerted a moral pressure on musicians to take action. Freedom Sounds will be avidly read by students and academics in musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, popular music, African American Studies, and African diasporic studies, as well as fans of jazz, hip hop, and African American music.

Ingrid Monson is Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, supported by the Time Warner Endowment at Harvard University, where she holds a joint appointment in the departments of music and African and African American studies.