Even though Negro spirituals are one of the most popular black sacred music genres, they have not been extensively considered as a commoditized cultural product or as a founding popular music of the U.S. Filling this gap, Sandra Jean Graham’s Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry examines the role of white-controlled Negro spirituals and jubilee performance in the establishment of the U.S. entertainment industry. She asserts that the entertainment industry was drawn from frequently exploited black labor: “built on black culture, black ingenuity, black bodies… it was embraced by black audiences who valued seeing their own community members onstage and knew how to...
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Book Review| September 03 2019
Book Review: Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry by Sandra Jean Graham
Graham, Sandra Jean.
Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry.
University of Illinois Press,
Journal of Popular Music Studies (2019) 31 (3): 163–166.
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Alisha L. Jones; Book Review: Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry by Sandra Jean Graham. Journal of Popular Music Studies 3 September 2019; 31 (3): 163–166. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2019.313016
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