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Black Is... 1993: Music
Booklists for Adults

Welding, Pete and Byron, Toby, editors. BLUESLAND: PORTRAITS OF TWELVE MAJOR AMERICAN BLUE MASTERS.
Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson, Etta James, and other greats.

Finn, Julio. THE BLUESMAN: THE MUSICAL HERITAGE OF BLACK MEN AND WOMEN IN THE AMERICAS.
The roots of the blues in voodoo, hoodoo, and history.

*Havelock, Nelson and Gonzales, Michael. BRING THE NOISE: A GUIDE TO RAP MUSIC AND HIP-HOP CULTURE.
A no-holds-barred look at its creators.

Turner, Tony. DELIVER US FROM TEMPTATION: THE TRAGIC AND SHOCKING STORY OF THE TEMPTATIONS AND MOTOWN.

*Schwerin, Jules. GOT TO TELL IT: MAHALIA JACKSON, QUEEN OF GOSPEL.
She introduced the music that had been confined to southern Black churches and revival meeting to all Americans.

Rosenthal, David H. HARD BOP: JAZZ AND BLACK MUSIC 1955-1965.
The crucial years when the "power of badness" ruled.

Booth, Stanley. RYTHM OIL: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MUSIC OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH.
Visit B. B. King, Al Green, James Brown, and other legendary musicians.

Porter, Roy with Keller, David. THERE AND BACK.
A big band drummer recounts his life in the postware California jazz scene and his battle with drugs and alcohol.

Cantor, Louis. WHEELIN' ON BEALE: HOW WDIA-MEMPHIS BECAME THE NATION'S FIRST ALL-BLACK RADIO STATION AND CREATED THE SOUND THAT CHANGED AMERICA.

Miller, Alton. WILLIAM WARFIELD: MY MUSIC AND MY LIFE.
A celebration of 20th-century African-American cultural history by the internationally acclaimed baritone who sang in "Porgy and Bess" and "Showboat."

* Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Reader and Information Services; Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch; Janice Knight Mattapan Branch; Deborah Roach, Codman Square Branch; Miriam Temsky, General Library, Teen Department; Denice Thornhill, Dudley Branch; and Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Chairperson.