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African American Music

Internet Sites

African-American Sheet Music from Brown University
This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920 scanned as images and searchable. Maintained by the Library of Congress as part of the American Memory Project.
Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music
Focuses on performers and composers of opera, art songs, and spirituals produced for concerts. Includes chronology, bibliography, and links.
Official Site of Negro Spirituals, Antique Gospel Music
This site includes pages on the history, singers, songs, and composers of traditional black spirituals.
Spirituals – EDSITEment – Lesson Plan
From the National Endowment for the Humanities, this website outlines a lesson plan for teaching the history of African American spirituals at the high school level.

Books

Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey  : A Journey to Music’s Heart and Soul
   
Wyman, Bill

A readable, engagingly written history of the blues by a musician (Rolling Stones) who knows the music inside out. Beautifully and creatively illustrated.
Call Number: ML3521 .W96 2001 q
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Jazz

Jazz  : A History of America's Music
   
Geoffrey, Ward

The companion book to Ken Burns's Public Television documentary. Includes more than 500 photographs of jazz greats.
Call Number:  ML3506 .W37 2000 q
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Music of Black Americans

Music of Black Americans  : A History
   
3rd edition
Southern, Eileen

A comprehensive chronicle covering nearly 400 years of music from the time of the first arrival in North America. Extensive bibliography, discography, and timelines for each period covered.
Call Number: ML3556 .S74 1997
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Rap and Hip Hop

Rap and Hip Hop  : Examining Pop Culture
   
Green, Jared, ed

A good place to begin understanding rap and hip-hop’s history, issues surrounding commercialization, and questions about violence and sexism, among other things. Critical essays from a number of different points of view.
Call Number: E185.86 .R35 2003
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Databases

African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.

maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library

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