Somebody ain’t getting their learnin’….
Today’s music industry is evidence of that. As 2010’s Black Music Month rolls along, I deem it imperative to drop off a list of reads on the subject of Black music. After all, I believe one of the hardest things to do in this distracting society of ours is to pick up a book and read. Now, this list is not exhaustive, however, I think it’s a pretty good starter list for many who are interested in the history, critique, and analysis of Black music. Let me warn many of you in cyberspace beforehand, this is not tabloid lore; instead, it’s good old fashioned, research-based, fact-finding, nonfiction mixed with some brilliant social commentary and philosophical ponderings. So, if you’re one who thinks that watching a bunch of documentary clips on Youtube qualifies as valid research for drawing intelligent opinions, then this probably won’t work for you.
I have many of these titles myself, however, I have a slew of them on my Amazon Wish List just in case some of you want to buy a few of them for my upcoming July birthday (hint, hint). I bring you…..