The Music of Black Americans: A History (Third Edition)

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A new edition of the classic text on African American music.
Beginning with the arrival of the first Africans in the English colonies, Eileen Southern weaves a fascinating narrative of intense musical activity. As singers, players, and composers, black American musicians are fully chronicled in this landmark book. Now in the third edition, the author has brought the entire text up to date and has added a wealth of new material covering the latest developments in gospel, blues, jazz, classical, crossover, Broadway, and rap as they relate to African American music. Over 50 photographs

Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3 edition (January 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393971414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393971415
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Wow!! Good book!

 on May 26, 2016
By Amazon Customer
I had no idea about the rich culture of Black Americas. I am so grateful for Black American’s contributions to society! I highly recommend this book because it will expand your knowledge.

What a Treasure of Information.

 on March 4, 2017
By Carol A. Adrine
It was everything I expected and more! What a treasure of information.

Five Stars

 on October 25, 2016
By Gwendolyn Ganaway
This was a great read, I needed it for a college course but any music aficionado would enjoy this.

Five Stars

 on June 11, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Great scholarly book; very informative, interesting reading.


 on July 12, 2013
By Murry E. Bothwell
I have taken piano lessons for years and recently obtained an African American teacher. She is introducing me to African American classical artists that has never been mentioned to me before. Wow what an eye opener! Another area where my African American history is not taught. I only wish there was a CD accompanying the text.

Five Stars

 on August 18, 2016
By Lea M. Larson
Best black musician’s history book ever printed to date.


 on August 17, 2017
By Dionysos
A must-read !

Great book, great service

 on September 23, 2012
By Richard Greig
This book is an interesting academic read. It’s not too academic where it’s bothersome or too slow. It’s well written in that it’s both scholarly and enjoyable to read. This book is important for the jazz musician to understand the pre jazz African roots that influenced what would become jazz.

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