Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (Paperback)
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Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (Paperback)

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Paperback 234 Pages / Published: 05/06/2003
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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415965712
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


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"Neal avoids polemics on the lyrical banality of black music or the over-hyped, oversexed videos pervading Black Entertainment Television. He redefines the terrain by advancing a discussion of artists working and succeeding within--and along the boundaries of--the existing subgenres of black popular music."
-"The Washington Post
"Neal creates a dense, sensuous space for a critical cultured black perspective, what "Soul Babies called the 'post-soul aesthetic' in black America. He illustrates his thesis through use of black vernacular forms to produce a voice that is both streetwise and scholarly ....Neal may be the first writer capable of developing groundbreaking ideas in the academy and getting a new sticker on his 'ghetto pass' in one stroke."
-"The Washington Post
"Neal's vision is (as always) right on target, and he does analyze important subjects never heretofore treated in depth. Surely worthy of consideration by those academic libraries with a strong interest in contemporary black American cultural studies."
-"Library Journal, June 15, 2003
"Reading this book is like sitting down to a plate of collard greens with chopped up onions and tomatoes and a little touch of wine vinegar. A mouth-watering piece of hot water corn bread. A lean mean piece of short rib. And you know it's only going to get better because there is a sumptuous banana pudding bringing up the rear . . . . Smack those lips. Rub them hands. Say the blessing and get ready to feast! Thank you Mark Anthony Neal. It is delicious and truly delectable."
-Umar Bin Hassan, "The Last Poets: Selected Poems and a History of the Last Poets
"Engaging, smart, and funny as hell, "Songs in the Key ofBlack Life leaves no soul unturned. His lyrical analyses range from Patti Labelle to Laura Nyro, Jill Scott to Jay Z, academia to black radio. You won't find many scholars with Neal's deep and abiding knowledge of contemporary blackpopular culture, and you won't find any able to throw down such head-noddin' prose."
-Robin D. G. Kelley, author of "Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

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