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Author Redmond, Shana L.,
Title Anthem : social movements and the sound of solidarity in the African diaspora / Shana L. Redmond.
Imprint New York : New York University Press, [2014]

Author Redmond, Shana L.,
Subject African Americans -- Music -- Political aspects.
Anthems -- Political aspects.
Civil rights movements -- History -- 20th century.
Music -- Political aspects -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 345 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. Anthem : Toward a Sound Franchise -- From Race to Nation : "Ethiopia" and Pan-African Pageantry in the UNIA -- Extending Diaspora : The NAACP and Up-"Lift" Cultures in the Interwar Black Pacific -- Songs of Free Men : The Sound Migrations of "Ol' Man River" -- Women's Work : "We Shall Overcome" and the Culture of the Picket Line -- Soul Intact : CORE, Conversions, and Covers of "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" -- Sounds of Exile : "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" and ANC Ambassadors -- Conclusion. The Last Anthem : Resonance, Legacy, and Loss at the Close of the Century.
Summary For people of African descent, music constitutes a unique domain of expression. From traditional West African drumming to South African kwaito, from spirituals to hip-hop, Black life and history has been dynamically displayed and contested through sound. The author excavates the sonic histories of these communities through a genre emblematic of Black solidarity and citizenship: anthems. An interdisciplinary cultural history, this book reveals how this "sound franchise" contributed to the growth and mobilization of the modern, Black citizen. Providing new political frames and aesthetic articulations for protest organizations and activist-musicians, the book reveals the anthem as a crucial musical form following World War I. Beginning with the premise that an analysis of the composition, performance, and uses of Black anthems allows for a more complex reading of racial and political formations within the twentieth century, the author expands readers' understanding of how and why diaspora was a formative conceptual and political framework of modern Black identity. By tracing key compositions and performances around the world - from James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" that mobilized the NAACP to Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted & Black" which became the Black National Anthem of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) - this book develops a robust recording of Black social movements in the twentieth century that will alter the way readers hear race and nation. -- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780814770955 (electronic bk.)
0814770959 (electronic bk.)
9780814789322 (hardback)
0814789323 (hardback)
9780814770412 (paperback)
081477041X (paperback)
OCLC # 861200076
Additional Format Print version: Redmond, Shana L. Anthem. New York : NYU Press, 2013 9780814789322 (DLC) 2013023733 (OCoLC)844308866

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