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Crossovers brings together four decades of popular and academic writings by folklorist, anthropologist, and jazz scholar John Szwed.

Essays on Race, Music, and American Culture

John Szwed

2005 | 296 pages | Cloth $47.50 | Paper $27.50
Anthropology / African-American Studies/African Studies / Film Studies/Media Studies / Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Musical style and racial conflict
3. Musical adaptation among Afro-Americans
4. An American anthropological dilemma: the politics of Afro-American culture
5. Reconsideration: the myth of the Negro past
6. Reconsideration: Lafcadio Hearn in Cincinnati
7. The forest as moral document: the achievement of Lydia Cabrera
8. Race and the embodiment of culture
9. After the myth: studying Afro-American cultural patterns in the plantation literature
10. Speaking people, in their own terms
11. The lizards fake the fake
12. As it is prophesied, so it used to be
13. Greenwich's good gnosis
14. Free samples: Roy Nathanson and Anthony Coleman
15. Milling at the mall
16. Childhood's ends
17. Sweet feet
18. From "Messin' around" to "Funky western civilization": the rise and fall of dance instruction songs
19. The Afro-American transformation of European set dances and dance suites
20. All that beef, and symbolic action, too! : notes on the occasion of the banning of 2 Live Crew's As nasty as they wanna be
21. The real old school
22. Josef Skvorecky and the tradition of jazz literature
23. World views collide: the history of jazz and hot dance
24. Way down yonder in Buenos Aires
25. Improvising under apartheid: Afro blue
26. Sonny Rollins in the age of mechanical reproduction
27. Sun Ra, 1914-1993
28. Ornette Coleman: ?civilization
29. The local and the express: Anthony Braxton's title-drawings
30. Magnificent declension: Solibo magnificent
31. Metaphors of incommensurability

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