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Author Vogel, Shane,
Title Stolen time : black fad performance and the Calypso craze / Shane Vogel.
Imprint Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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Author Vogel, Shane,
Subject Calypso (Music) -- History.
Popular music -- United States -- 1951-1960 -- History.
Popular music -- Caribbean, English-speaking.
Calypso musicians.
Musicians, Black -- Caribbean, English-speaking.
African American musicians -- History -- 20th century.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource
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Summary In 1956 Harry Belafonte's Calypso became the first LP to sell more than a million copies. For a few fleeting months, calypso music was the top-selling genre in the US--it even threatened to supplant rock and roll. Stolen Time provides a vivid cultural history of this moment and outlines a new framework--black fad performance--for understanding race, performance, and mass culture in the twentieth century United States. Vogel situates the calypso craze within a cycle of cultural appropriation, including the ragtime craze of 1890s and the Negro vogue of the 1920s, that encapsulates the culture of the Jim Crow era. He follows the fad as it moves defiantly away from any attempt at authenticity and shamelessly embraces calypso kitsch. Although white calypso performers were indeed complicit in a kind of imperialist theft of Trinidadian music and dance, Vogel argues, black calypso craze performers enacted a different, and subtly subversive, kind of theft. They appropriated not Caribbean culture itself, but the US version of it--and in so doing, they mocked American notions of racial authenticity. From musical recordings, nightclub acts, and television broadcasts to Broadway musicals, film, and modern dance, he shows how performers seized the ephemeral opportunities of the fad to comment on black cultural history and even question the meaning of race itself
Contents Introduction : This and that, or, Swiped Calypsos -- Stolen Time : The ontology of Black fad performance -- The Calypso program : technology, performance, cinema -- Carnivalizing jazz : Duke Ellington's Calypso Theater and the diasporic instant -- Surfacing the Caribbean : Black Broadway and mock transnational performance -- Conclusion : Don't stop the carnival
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-241) and index
Note Online resource; title from PDF file page (EBSCO, viewed July 20 2018)
ISBN 9780226568584 (electronic bk.)
022656858X (electronic bk.)
9780226568447
9780226568300
022656830X
022656844X
OCLC # 1044767725
Additional Format Print version: Vogel, Shane. Stolen Time. Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 2018 022656830X 9780226568300 (OCoLC)1022778060.


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