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The Product of Our Souls

Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace

David Gilbert

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

Beschreibung

In 1912 James Reese Europe made history by conducting his 125-member Clef Club Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The first concert by an African American ensemble at the esteemed venue was more than just a concert--it was a political act of desegregation, a defiant challenge to the status quo in American music. In this book, David Gilbert explores how Europe and other African American performers, at the height of Jim Crow, transformed their racial difference into the mass-market commodity known as "black music." Gilbert shows how Europe and others used the rhythmic sounds of ragtime, blues, and jazz to construct new representations of black identity, challenging many of the nation's preconceived ideas about race, culture, and modernity and setting off a musical craze in the process.

Gilbert sheds new light on the little-known era of African American music and culture between the heyday of minstrelsy and the Harlem Renaissance. He demonstrates how black performers played a pioneering role in establishing New York City as the center of American popular music, from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, and shows how African Americans shaped American mass culture in their own image.

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black modernity during the early Jim Crow era, Aida Overton Walker, Ernest Hogan, black-owned nightclubs in New York, James P. Johnson, Bert Williams, early black popular music, the Clef Club Symphony Orchestra’s desegregation of Carnegie Hall, Noble Sissle, Irene and Vernon Castle, James Monroe Trotter, David Mannes, James Reese Europe, Ragtime in New York City, Pathe Records, Rosamond Johnson, stride piano in New York City, the politics of racial representation, Bob Cole, Eubie Blake, James Weldon Johnson, The Talented Tenth, the Manhattan Casino, pre-Harlem Black Manhattan, the politics of respectability, post-Civil War blackface minstrelsy, the Clef Club (labor union), early recording industry, Abbie Mitchell, Will Marion Cook, “The Great White Way” in the early-20th Century, Williams and Walker, the rise of social dance, New York’s Tenderloin district, racial uplift at the turn-of-the-twentieth century, Black Bohemia, Tin Pan Alley popular song publishing, jazz history, the famed 369th Regiment (Colored), African American minstrelsy, the rise of Broadway theater, Willie “The Lion” Smith, W. E. B. Du Bois, the Harlem Hell Fighters, Victor Talking Machine Company