publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2008

African American Film Sound: Scoring Blackness

Doughty, Ruth;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing, London
Abstract
The term ‘black music’ has long been a cause for contention. What do we mean by music being ‘black’, or more specifically in the case of this chapter, African American? The music industry has typically marketed products via the categorization of specific genres: for example, jazz, blues, soul, funk and rap. These generic types are often classified as ‘black music’. Philip Tagg vehemently debates the suitability of such an essentializing label, as he correctly argues that aesthetic practice is not linked to biology: 'Very rarely is any musical evidence given for the specific skin colour or continental origin of the music being talked about [namely black music in ...
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Music, 2.2 (1984), 31. 7. Harold Cruse, ' “Hollywood Has Taken on a New Color”: Th e Yiddish Blackface of

Popular Music. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001, p. 348.

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publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2008

African American Film Sound: Scoring Blackness

Doughty, Ruth;