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Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination (Hardback)
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Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 23/09/2016
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When Jimi Hendrix died, the idea of a black man playing lead guitar in a rock band seemed exotic. Yet ten years earlier, Chuck Berry had stood among the most influential rock and roll performers. Why did rock and roll become white? Jack Hamilton challenges the racial categories that distort standard histories of rock music and the 60s revolution.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674416598
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 140 x 210 x 25 mm


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As musically detailed as it is theoretically expansive, Just around Midnight reveals that popular music of the 1960s was defined by more vibrant interracial collaborations and more violent anti-black erasures than we could have imagined. This is a beautifully written and provocatively argued work of intellect, heart, and soul.--Emily Lordi, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ambitious and rewarding... Just around Midnight seeks to tell the story of [black] erasure [from rock 'n' roll], and it does so quite compellingly by bringing together artists and songs that our implicitly segregationist narratives have encouraged us to keep apart.--Kevin J. H. Dettmar"Chronicle of Higher Education" (10/20/2016)
Extraordinary...Hamilton doesn't pretend to have all the answers in Just around Midnight but he asks all the right questions. It challenges so much of what we've taken for granted about rock and roll history that one reading won't do...Any future book that deals with the social and racial aspects of popular music in the 20th century will have to contend with Just around Midnight. The bar has been raised.--Adam Ellsworth"Arts Fuse" (09/27/2016)
To the age-old cries that 'rock is dead, ' Jack Hamilton's book says, 'Think again!' Just around Midnight considers the often-elided racial mythologies, cross-cultural intimacies, and racially-charged aesthetic obfuscations that haunt the foundations of American popular music culture. For anyone who remains easily seduced by the romance of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame canon-building, this book is a necessary read.--Daphne Brooks, Yale University

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