Soul Covers: Rhythm and Blues Remakes and the Struggle for Artistic Identity (Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Phoebe Snow)

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Mai 2007



Cultural and literary study of the construction of racial and artistic identity in soul cover albums of three popular artists--Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Phoebe Snow.


Michael Awkward is Gayl A. Jones Collegiate Professor of Afro-American Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "Scenes of Instruction: A Memoir," also published by Duke University Press; "Negotiating Difference: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Positionality"; and "Inspiriting Influences: Tradition, Revision, and Afro-American Women's Novels."


"With Soul Covers, Awkward weds his devotion to close reading to his appreciation of rhythm and blues and soul music, creating a book that stands out as unique among the scholarship and criticism on black popular music." Mark Anthony Neal, author of Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation "Michael Awkward's Soul Covers signals the beginning of a new era in the critical engagement with African American music of the 1960s and 1970s. Moving beyond the historical overviews and critical biographies that have defined the field, he provides three crucial albums with the kinds of close readings usually reserved for canonical literary texts. His choices are unusual and inspired, offering pathways into a richer understanding of Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and the greatly underappreciated Phoebe Snow. Awkward captures the complex music of the era in writing that, like its subjects, has real soul."--Craig Werner, author of A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America
EAN: 9780822339809
ISBN: 0822339803
Untertitel: 'Refiguring American Music'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2007
Seitenanzahl: 246 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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