A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America
". . . extraordinarily far-reaching. . . . highly accessible."
"No one has written this way about music in a long, long time. Lucid, insightful, with real spiritual, political, intellectual, and emotional grasp of the whole picture. A book about why music matters, and how, and to whom."
-Dave Marsh, author of Louie, Louie and Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story
"This book is urgently needed: a comprehensive look at the various forms of black popular music, both as music and as seen in a larger social context. No one can do this better than Craig Werner."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
"[Werner has] mastered the extremely difficult art of writing about music as both an aesthetic and social force that conveys, implies, symbolizes, and represents ideas as well as emotion, but without reducing its complexities and ambiguities to merely didactic categories."
-African American Review
A Change Is Gonna Come is the story of more than four decades of enormously influential black music, from the hopeful, angry refrains of the Freedom movement, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million Man March; from Woodstock's "Summer of Love" to the war in Vietnam and the race riots that inspired Marvin Gaye to write "What's Going On."
Originally published in 1998, A Change Is Gonna Come drew the attention of scholars and general readers alike. This new edition, featuring four new and updated chapters, will reintroduce Werner's seminal study of black music to a new generation of readers.
Craig Werner is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and author of many books, including Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse and Up Around the Bend: An Oral History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. His most recent book is Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul.
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Review: A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of AmericaUser Review - Darren Blades - Goodreads
An excellent book as the author Craig Werner takes the reader on a musical journey of a blend of musical genres, juxtaposed against the sociopolitical moving landscape of America from the 1920's to ... Read full review
Review: A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of AmericaUser Review - Joe Rasmussen - Goodreads
One of my favorites of all time. Changed both the way I listen to music and the way I view history. Read full review
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Mahalia and the Movement
Calls and Responses
Money Magic and the Mask
Two out of Three Falls for the Soul of Motown
The Gospel lmpulse
Sam Cooke and the Voice of Change
Phil Spector and the Girl Group Blues
Hard Times in Chocolate City
Black Love in the Key of Life
Jimmy Carter and the Great Quota Disaster of 1978
The Messages in the Music
Disco and the Gospel Impulse
Punks and Pretenders
Bruce Springsteen and the Clash
SAR and the Ambiguity of Integration
Port Huron and the Folk Revival
Woody and Race
Politics and Authenticity
The Birth of Southern Soul
Down at the Crossroads
The Blues lmpulse
The MidSouth Mix
Dylan the Brits and BlueEyed Soul
The Minstrel Blues
From Monterey to Woodstock
Dot and Diana
Love or Confusion? Black Power Vietnam and the Death of the Dream
Sly in the Smoke
LBJ Martin and the Liberal Collapse
Jimi Hendrix and the Sound of Vietnam
Retha Rap and Revolt
Arethas Gospel Politics
Malcolm and Coltrane
The Jazz Impulse
JB Miles and Jimi
Curtis Mayfields Gospel Soul
John Fogerty and the Mythic South
Southern Strategies and the Revolution on TV
Wattstax and Motown West
Donny Hathaway and the End of the Dream
l Will Survive Disco lrony and the Sound of Resistance
Reflections in a Mirror Ball
Reverend Green and the Return of Jim Crow
Bob Marley in Babylon
Hiphop and the South Bronx
And Thats the Way That lt Is The Reagan Rules Hiphop and the Megastars
Welcome to the Terrordome
Springsteen and the Reagan Rules
The Problem of Healing in the Hall of Mirrors
The View from Black America
The Way It Was and the Way It Is
Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby
RunD M C Negotiates the Mainstream
Elvis in the Eighties
Michael and Madonna
The Symbol Formerly Known as Prince
West Africa Is in the House
The New School Rap Game
KRSOne Rakim and the Gangstas
Springsteen and Race
Holler lf Ya Hear Me ln the Nineties Mix
R E A M or Tupac on Death Row
MaryJ Blige and the Hip Hop Generation
OutKast and the Dirty South
Notes on the Browning of America
Bruce Springsteen Kirk Franklin and Lauryn Hill
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