A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America by Craig Werner

By Craig Werner

". . . terribly far-reaching. . . . hugely accessible."

"No one has written this fashion approximately tune in an extended, very long time. Lucid, insightful, with genuine non secular, political, highbrow, and emotional grab of the complete photograph. A ebook approximately why tune concerns, and the way, and to whom."
-Dave Marsh, writer of Louie, Louie and Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story

"This e-book is urgently wanted: a complete examine a few of the varieties of black well known track, either as tune and as noticeable in a bigger social context. not anyone can do that greater than Craig Werner."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the arts, Harvard University

"[Werner has] mastered the tremendous tricky paintings of writing approximately song as either a classy and social strength that conveys, implies, symbolizes, and represents principles in addition to emotion, yet with no lowering its complexities and ambiguities to simply didactic categories."
-African American Review

A switch Is Gonna Come is the tale of greater than 4 a long time of significantly influential black tune, from the hopeful, indignant refrains of the liberty circulate, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million guy March; from Woodstock's "Summer of Love" to the struggle in Vietnam and the race riots that encouraged Marvin Gaye to write down "What's Going On."

Originally released in 1998, A switch Is Gonna Come drew the eye of students and common readers alike. This new version, that includes 4 new and up-to-date chapters, will reintroduce Werner's seminal learn of black tune to a brand new iteration of readers.

Craig Werner is Professor of Afro-American reviews on the college of Wisconsin, and writer of many books, together with Playing the adjustments: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse and Up round the Bend: An Oral background of Creedence Clearwater Revival. His most modern publication is Higher flooring: Stevie ask yourself, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the increase and Fall of yank Soul.

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Have all these nothing to say to us? Have we not in England occasions crying out for music? Do not all our great pageants of human beings, whether they take the form of a coronation or a syndicalist demonstration, require music for their full expression? We must cultivate a sense of musical citizenship; why should not the musician be the servant of the State and build national monuments like the painter, the writer, or the architect? Who Wants the English Composer? 41 Art for art’s sake has never flourished in England.

On the other hand the committee are glad to be able to restore the true metres of such tunes as ‘Innsbruck’, ‘Weimar’, or ‘Les commandemens’, which have been disfigured into dullness in so many hymnals. The original rhythms of many of the old psalter tunes have also been restored, especially the long initial on the first syllable, which gives such a broad and dignified effect to these tunes. Attempts to adapt them to the procrustean bed of the nineteenth-century hymn tune have merely taken away their character and made them appear dull.

As for simplicity, what could be simpler than ‘St Anne’ or ‘The Old Hundredth’, and what could be finer? It is indeed a moral rather than a musical issue. No doubt it requires a certain effort to tune oneself to the moral atmosphere implied by a fine melody; and it is far easier to dwell in the miasma of the languishing and sentimental hymn tunes which so often disfigure our services. Such poverty of heart may not be uncommon, but at least it should not be encouraged by those who direct the services of the Church; it ought no longer to be true anywhere that the most exalted moments of a churchgoer’s week are associated with music that would not be tolerated in any place of secular entertainment.

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