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Blues for the White Man : Hearing Black Voices in South Africa and the Deep South

Blues for the White Man : Hearing Black Voices in South Africa and the Deep South

Publisher : Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
SKU: 9781776096008
R 260,00
It started with the blues, and an attempt to understand what makes this genre – essentially the music of the poor black man – so alluring to white middle-class ears. And that’s where it gets interesting.
It started with the blues, and an attempt to understand what makes this genre – essentially the music of the poor black man – so alluring to white middle-class ears. And that’s where it gets interesting. Blues is much more than a musical genre, it’s a phenomenon that covers several centuries on both sides of the Atlantic, from slavery to Black Lives Matter, from Jan van Riebeeck to Fees Must Fall, from Robert Johnson to Abdullah Ibrahim.

Blues for the White Man is the effort of a white middle-class music fan to understand black culture, black politics, and, eventually, black pain. From South Africa, where the author covers a student uprising, racism and farm murders, he travels to famous places in America’s Deep South, including Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and the cradle of the blues, the Mississippi Delta.

Using sound and song as a key to understanding white fear and black anger, the book draws historical parallels between South Africa and the Deep South: colonialism, slavery, racism, civil war, apartheid and black ‘liberation’. This book is both a cry for multiculturalism and a plea for whites to do some ‘second line dancing’, at least for a while.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781776096008
Publisher Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
Contributor By (author) Fred de Vries
Publication Date 2021-05-21
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 240
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 234 X 153 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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It started with the blues, and an attempt to understand what makes this genre – essentially the music of the poor black man – so alluring to white middle-class ears. And that’s where it gets interesting. Blues is much more than a musical genre, it’s a phenomenon that covers several centuries on both sides of the Atlantic, from slavery to Black Lives Matter, from Jan van Riebeeck to Fees Must Fall, from Robert Johnson to Abdullah Ibrahim.

Blues for the White Man is the effort of a white middle-class music fan to understand black culture, black politics, and, eventually, black pain. From South Africa, where the author covers a student uprising, racism and farm murders, he travels to famous places in America’s Deep South, including Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and the cradle of the blues, the Mississippi Delta.

Using sound and song as a key to understanding white fear and black anger, the book draws historical parallels between South Africa and the Deep South: colonialism, slavery, racism, civil war, apartheid and black ‘liberation’. This book is both a cry for multiculturalism and a plea for whites to do some ‘second line dancing’, at least for a while.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781776096008
Publisher Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
Contributor By (author) Fred de Vries
Publication Date 2021-05-21
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 240
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 234 X 153 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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