Ain't but a few of us : black music writers tell their story /

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Duke University Press,, Durham, United States, p.1 online resource (312 pages) (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00799208, (OCoLC)fst00799210, (OCoLC)fst00799273, (OCoLC)fst00799648, (OCoLC)fst00982165, (OCoLC)fst01745773, African American jazz musicians, African American jazz musicians., African American journalists, African American journalists., African American musicians, African American musicians., African Americans, Biography., bisacsh, fast, History and criticism., Jazz, Jazz., Music, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Jazz., Music journalists, Music journalists., Music., SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American & Black Studies., United States


Description based on print version record.Includes index.Roundtable / Eric Arnold, Jordannah Elizabeth, Bill Francis, Steve Monroe, Rahsaan Clark Morris, Robin Washington, and Kelvin L. Williams -- The Authors / Playthell Benjamin, Herb Boyd, Karen Chilton, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Robin D. G. Kelley, Tammy Kernodle, Guthrie Ramsey, Gene Seymour, A.B. Spellman, and Greg Tate -- Black Jazz Magazine Editors and Publishers / Jo Ann Cheatham (Pure Jazz Magazine), Jim Harrison (Jazz Spotlite News), Haybert Houston (Jazz Now), and Ron Welburn (The Grackle) -- Black Dispatch Contributors / Robin James and Ron Scott -- Magazine Freelancers / Bill Brower, Janine Coveney, Lofton Emanari III, Eugene Holley Jr., John Murph, Don Palmer, and Ron Wynn -- Newspaper Writers and Columnists / Martin Johnson, Greg Thomas, and Hollie West -- The New Breed (Online) / Bridget Arnwine, Angelika Beener, and Anthony Dean-Harris -- Anthology: Classics -- On Jazz and Race -- Additional Ain't But a Few of Us Contributors -- Black Musician-Writers."Despite the fact that most of jazz's major innovators and performers have been African American, the overwhelming majority of jazz journalists, critics, and authors have been and continue to be white men. No major mainstream jazz publication has ever had a Black editor or publisher. Ain't But a Few of Us presents over two dozen candid dialogues with Black jazz critics and journalists ranging from Greg Tate, Farah Jasmine Griffin, and Robin D. G. Kelly to Tammy Kernodle, Ron Welburn, and John Murph. They discuss the obstacles to access for Black jazz journalists, outline how they contend with the world of jazz writing dominated by white men, and point out that these racial disparities are not confined to jazz and hamper their efforts at writing about other music genres as well. Ain't But a Few of Us also includes an anthology section, which reprints classic essays and articles from Black writers and musicians like LeRoi Jones, Archie Shepp, A.B. Spellman, Herbie Nichols, Greg Tate, and others. Contributors. Eric Arnold, Bridget Arnwine, Angelika Beener, Playthell Benjamin, Herb Boyd, Bill Brower, Jo Ann Cheatham, Karen Chilton, Janine Coveney, Anthony Dean-Harris, Jordannah Elizabeth, Lofton Emenari III, Bill Francis, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Jim Harrison, Haybert Houston, Eugene Holley Jr., Robin James, Willard Jenkins, Martin Johnson, Robin D. G. Kelley, Tammy Kernodle, Steve Monroe, Rahsaan Clark Morris, John Murph, Don Palmer, Guthrie Ramsey, Ron Scott, Gene Seymour, A. B. Spellman, Greg Tate, Greg Thomas, Robin Washington, Hollie West, Kelvin Williams, Ron Welburn, Ron Wynn."--Includes bibliographical references and index.