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African American Authors: MUSIC

A guide for finding resources related to the African American experience. This guide highlights a variety of genres and authors (non-fiction, urban fiction, poetry, film, music, etc ) across a number of formats (print, electronic, audio/video).

Music Resources

Music by Black Americans

Elizabeth Cotton & Mississippi John Hurt

The history and tradition of Black American music is rich and spans generations and genres. Perhaps more poignantly, the history of American popular music itself is deeply rooted inthe African American tradition. Gospel, Blues, and Rhythm and Blues music--or R&B--are cornerstones of American culture upon which newer genres of music have been built and expanded. Pictured above: Elizabeth Cotton & Mississippi John Hurt