Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Free Delivery to UK Shops
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Free Delivery to UK Shops Local shops and expert booksellers nationwide Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry - Music in American Life (Paperback)
  • Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry - Music in American Life (Paperback)
zoom

Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry - Music in American Life (Paperback)

(author)
£23.99
Paperback 356 Pages / Published: 26/02/2018
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Spirituals performed by jubilee troupes became a sensation in post-Civil War America. First brought to the stage by choral ensembles like the Fisk Jubilee Singers, spirituals anchored a wide range of late nineteenth-century entertainments, including minstrelsy, variety, and plays by both black and white companies. In the first book-length treatment of postbellum spirituals in theatrical entertainments, Sandra Jean Graham mines a trove of resources to chart the spiritual's journey from the private lives of slaves to the concert stage. Graham navigates the conflicting agendas of those who, in adapting spirituals for their own ends, sold conceptions of racial identity to their patrons. In so doing they lay the foundation for a black entertainment industry whose artistic, financial, and cultural practices extended into the twentieth century. A companion website contains jubilee troupe personnel, recordings, and profiles of 85 jubilee groups. Please go to: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/graham/spirituals/

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252083273
Number of pages: 356
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Sandra Graham breaks new ground in her nuanced examination of the white-controlled spiritual or jubilee industry, and of claims for musical and cultural authenticity by black college and independent jubilee groups, as well as white and black performers of blackface minstrelsy, American folk music, and European classical traditions."--Portia K. Maultsby, coeditor of Issues in African American Music and African American Music: An Introduction, second edition

"[A] one-of-a-kind title . . . Many volumes address spirituals themselves, but few detail the actual exponents of this important African American tradition in such a refreshingly disarming way."--Library Journal

"A detailed, cogent, and fascinating history of the popularization of Negro spirituals [that is] thoroughly documented and covers a truly vast range of information. One of the especially distinctive features of Graham's approach is its careful consideration of musical elements and how they figure in defining objects under study."--Thomas L. Riis, author of Frank Loesser

"Unpacks issues of power and cultural authenticity in the white-controlled jubilee industry and within blackface minstrelsy performances, including Uncle Tom and plantation shows . . . Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry will be crucial to anyone studying American music, especially those focused on the post-Civil War period through 1900, and of course anyone who studies African American music history."--Blackgrooves.org

"Music historians will find Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry fascinating because instead of rehashing the already well-researched lyric import of the spirituals, Graham looks at the art form as the spark that ignited an entertainment industry." --ARSC Journal

"A detailed and valuable genealogy of the spiritual." --The Journal of Southern History

You may also be interested in...

Wham! George & Me
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Bohemian Rhapsody
Added to basket
Just Kids
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Bowie's Books
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
One Two Another
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
The Classic FM Puzzle Book
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Paperback
Where's My Guitar?
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
1001 Songs
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Paperback
Hell Is Round the Corner
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Crossroads
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback
Home Work
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Being John Lennon
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
My Thoughts Exactly
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Age of Anxiety
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Year of the Monkey
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.