Columns // 2 Articles
Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow
8 Apr 2010 // 5:00 PM
When composer W.C. Handy published the first major collection of blues songs in 1926, reimagining pop tunes as folk songs, he explicitly framed the blues as folk music.
10 Conversation-Shifting Contemporary Books About Music
9 Oct 2017 // 9:35 PM
These are multiple works of genre history and works tackling important issues of race, class, and gender. All challenge dominant narratives of music.
Race in America, Race in Music: Different Trains, Same Two Tracks
27 May 2010 // 5:00 PM
It's an American pop music creation myth: that blues and folk music developed along two distinct tracks, with their own distinct traditions, divided along racial lines. The truth is, of course, far more slippery and complicated.