Limit search to available items
23 results found. Sorted by relevance | date | title .
Book Cover
Author Johnson, Christopher (Professor of Culture and Media), author

Title Musicians' migratory patterns : the African drum as symbol in early America / Christopher Johnson
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central    View Resource Record  
ProQuest Ebook Central Subscription    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xii, 120 pages)
Series CMS cultural expressions in music ; [3]
Cultural expressions in music ; no. 3
Summary Musicians' Migratory Patterns: The African Drum as Symbol in Early America questions the ban that was placed on the African drum in early America. It shows the functional use of the drum for celebrations, weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies, and nonviolent communication. The assumption that "drums and horns" were used to communicate in slave revolts is undone in this study. Rather, this volume seeks to consider the "social place" of the drum for both blacks and whites of the time, using the writings of Europeans and colonial-era Americans, the accounts of African American free persons and slaves, the period instruments, and numerous illustrations of paintings and sculpture. The image of the drum was effectively appropriated by Europeans and Americans who wrote about African American culture, particularly in the nineteenth century, and re-appropriated by African American poets and painters in the early twentieth century who recreated a positive nationalist view of their African past. Throughout human history, cultural objects have been banned by one group to be used another, objects that include books, religious artifacts, and ways of dress. This study unlocks a metaphor that is at the root of racial bias--the idea of what is primitive--while offering a fresh approach by promoting the construct of multiple-points-of-view for this social-historical presentation
Notes "Routledge focus"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Christopher Johnson was a Research Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. He served on the faculty of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA), Portland, ME., and the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School in Manhattan
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 11, 2019)
Subject African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism
Drum -- Social aspects -- America -- History
Music and race -- United States -- History
African Americans -- Music.
MUSIC / General
Music and race.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019000720
ISBN 0429027516