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978-1-7936-1385-1 • Hardback • April 2022 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
978-1-7936-1386-8 • eBook • April 2022 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
Beth Fowler is associate professor of teaching in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University.
Introduction: “A Subtle Defiance in the Songs”
Chapter 1: “Shufflin’ ‘Til the Break of Dawn,” 1946-1953
Chapter 2: “If It’s a Hit, It’s a Hit,” 1954-1956
Chapter 3: “A Teen Ager in Love,” 1957-1960
Chapter Four: “They’d All Be Dancing Together,” 1961-1964
Chapter Five, “A Drummer With a Totally Different Beat,” The Post-Civil Rights Era
About the Author
Beth Fowler displays a rare and admirable ability to navigate the histories of both the civil rights and rock and roll movements. She creates in the process an excellent analysis of how the two interacted. Well-researched and documented, her story concludes with intriguing post-civil rights era oral perspectives. An excellent contribution to existing literature on both movements.— Michael T. Bertrand, Tennessee State University
Beth Fowler offers an engaging account of how popular music has provided a crucial venue for debates over racial identities and racial inclusion in America since World War II. Based on an impressive mix of archival research and some riveting ‘ear-witness’ testimony from Black and white fans, the book reveals how changing racial attitudes and social practices have been reflected in, expressed through, and enabled by developments in the world of popular music.
From Louis Jordan to Lil Nas X, via rock and roll, soul, and the British invasion, Fowler deftly unpicks the contradictory reactionary and progressive dynamics of American popular music culture and in the process tells us much about the struggle for racial justice in modern America.— Brian Ward, Northumbria University