Dancing to a Black Man's Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin
Born in 1868 to former slaves, Scott Joplin lived at a time when white Americans routinely denied African Americans basic civil rights, economic opportunities, and social standing. In spite of these tremendous obstacles, Joplin and other musicians created a musical form that was eagerly embraced by white, middle-class Americans. By the early 1900s, many writers agreed that "Negro" music - especially spirituals and ragtime - was the only true American music.
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DANCING TO A BLACK MAN'S TUNE: A Life of Scott JoplinUser Review - Kirkus
Not really a biography, but an episodic social history centering on the life of ragtime composer Scott Joplin. Historian Curtis (Purdue; A Consuming Faith, not reviewed) has selected as her focus ... Read full review
Dancing to a black man's tune: a life of Scott JoplinUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Joplin's music first came to the attention of most people through the 1973 film The Sting, but aside from the recollections of aging family and friends, little accurate biographical information was ... Read full review