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ISSN # 2168-3301spring 2013 | Volume 26, No. 1

New Book in the Music of the African Diaspora Series is Now Available

The Center for Black Music Research announces that a new book has been published in the Music of the African Diaspora series, co-published by the CBMR and University of California Press.

Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bepop. Hardcover, 252 pages, ISBN 9780520243910.

Not only was Bud Powell one of the greatest bebop pianists of all time, but he also stands as one of the twentieth century’s most dynamic and fiercely adventurous musical minds. His expansive musicianship, riveting performances, and inventive compositions expanded the bebop idiom and pushed jazz musicians of all stripes to higher standards of performance. Yet Powell remains one of American music’s most misunderstood figures, and the story of his exceptional talent is often overshadowed by his history of alcohol abuse, mental instability, and brutalization at the hands of white authorities. In this first extended study of the social significance of Powell’s place in the American musical landscape, Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. shows how the pianist expanded his own artistic horizons and moved his chosen idiom into new realms.

Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the prize-winning Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, which is also an issue in the Music of the African Diaspora book series.

Ordering Information

CBMR Associate members may order the book at a special 60% discounted price of $14 + $8 shipping ($22 total). Please email Raj Mago or call (312) 369.7560. This offer will expire on October 1, 2013.

Non-members may order the book at the retail price of $34.95 plus shipping from the University of California Press. The book is also available as an ebook.

The Music of the African Diaspora series seeks to increase understanding of black music genres and their importance to the cultures of the Atlantic world, including their influence on African music styles. Books in the series will examine the wide-ranging musics of the African diaspora-including the vernacular styles of the Americas as well as European-influenced concert music of the entire black Atlantic world. These studies explore issues critical to the interpretation of the music and engage the relationships among music and other expressive arts.

Please visit the CBMR website for the complete series bibliography. All volumes in the series may be ordered from the University of California Press.

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