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Journal of the American Musicological Society (2019) 72 (3): 781–823.
Published: 01 December 2019
..., and its discourses. To this end, I define and apply the concept of Blacksound—the sonic and embodied legacy of blackface performance as the origin of all popular music, entertainment, and culture in the United States. Blackface emerged as the first original form of US popular music during chattel slavery...