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The Resource Who can afford to improvise? : James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners, Ed Pavlić

Who can afford to improvise? : James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners, Ed Pavlić

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Who can afford to improvise? : James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners
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Who can afford to improvise?
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James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners
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Ed Pavlić
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James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners
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eng
Summary
More than a quarter-century after his death, James Baldwin remains an unparalleled figure in American literature and African American cultural politics. In Who Can Afford to Improvise? Ed Pavlic offers an unconventional, lyrical, and accessible meditation on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin and their relationship to the lyric tradition in black music, from gospel and blues to jazz and R&B. Based on unprecedented access to private correspondence and unpublished manuscripts and attuned to a musically inclined poet's skill in close listening, Who Can Afford to Improvise? frames a new narrative of James Baldwin's work and life. Who Can Afford to Improvise? is presented in three books--or movements; the first listens to Baldwin, in the initial months of his most intense visibility in May 1963 and the publication of The Fire Next Time. It introduces the key terms of his lyrical aesthetic and identifies the shifting contours of Baldwin's career from his early work as a reviewer for left-leaning journals in the 1940s to his last published and unpublished works from the mid-1980s. Book II listens with Baldwin and ruminates on the recorded performances of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, singers whose messages and methods were closely related to his developing worldview. It concludes with the first detailed account of "The Hallelujah Chorus," a performance from July 1, 1973, in which Baldwin shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with Ray Charles. Finally, in Book III, Pavlic reverses our musically inflected reconsideration of Baldwin's voice, projecting it into the contemporary moment and reading its impact on everything from the music of Amy Winehouse, to the street performances of Turf Feinz, and the fire of racial oppression and militarization against black Americans in the twenty-first century
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Pavlic, Edward M.
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818.5/4/09
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Baldwin, James
  • Baldwin, James
  • African Americans
  • Music and literature
  • African Americans
  • Music and literature
  • United States
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James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners
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Who can afford to improvise? : James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners, Ed Pavlić
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-328) and index
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  • nc
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Book I. The uses of the blues : James Baldwin's lyrical quest -- Book II. The uses of the lyric : Billie's quest, Dinah's blues, Jimmy's Amen, and Brother Ray's Hallelujah -- Book III. "For you I was a flame" : Baldwin's lyrical lens on contemporary culture
Control code
1489176
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 341 pages
Isbn
9780823268481
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(hardcover)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780823268481
  • (OCoLC)900795711
Label
Who can afford to improvise? : James Baldwin and black music, the lyric and the listeners, Ed Pavlić
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Book I. The uses of the blues : James Baldwin's lyrical quest -- Book II. The uses of the lyric : Billie's quest, Dinah's blues, Jimmy's Amen, and Brother Ray's Hallelujah -- Book III. "For you I was a flame" : Baldwin's lyrical lens on contemporary culture
Control code
1489176
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 341 pages
Isbn
9780823268481
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780823268481
  • (OCoLC)900795711

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