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

Author:   Mark Anthony Neal
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9780415965712


Pages:   234
Publication Date:   16 May 2003
Format:   Paperback
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In Songs in the Key of Black Life , acclaimed cultural critic Mark Anthony Neal turns his attention to Rhythm and Blues. He argues that R&B-often dismissed as just a bunch of love songs, yet the second most popular genre in terms of sales - can tell us much about the dynamic joys, apprehensions, tensions, and contradictions of contemporary black life, if we listen closely. With a voice as heartfelt and compelling as the best music, Neal guides us through the work of classic and contemporary artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Macy Gray.

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Author:   Mark Anthony Neal
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.340kg
ISBN:  

9780415965712


ISBN 10:   0415965713
Pages:   234
Publication Date:   16 May 2003
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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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


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. <br>- The Washington Post <br> 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. <br>- The Washington Post <br> 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. <br>- Library Journal, June 15, 2003 <br> 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. <br>-Umar Bin Hassan, The Last Poets: Selected Poems and a History of the Last Poets <br> 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. <br>-Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination <br>


Author Information

Mark Anthony Neal is Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Program in African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Neal is the author of What the Music Said, Soul Babies, and Songs in the Key of Black Life, all published by Routledge.

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