From preface to the books of American Negro spirituals / James Weldon Johnson An aesthetic of the cool: West African dance / Robert Farris Thompson Africa and the West Indies / Marshall Stearns and Jean Stearns Playing the blues / Albert Murray Africans, Europeans and the making of music / Christopher Small Ring shout! Literary studies, historical studies, and Black music inquiry / Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. The heterogeneous sound ideal in African-American music / Olly Wilson The impact of gospel music on the secular music industry / Portia K. Matltsby Flow, layering, and rupture in post industrial New York / Tricia Rose "Keep to the rhythm and you'll keep to life": meaning and style in African American vernacular dance / Jacqui Malone Lester Young and the birth of cool / Joel Dinerstein On the Jazz musician's love/hate relationship with the audience / Bertram D. Ashe Characteristics of Negro expression / Zora Neale Hurston Signifying, loud-talking and marking / Claudia Mitchell-Kernan Stylin' outta the Black pulpit / Grace Sims Holt A resistance too civilized to notice / William D. Piersen The Black and White truth about basketball / Jeff Greenfield The hero of the blues / Gerald Early Michael Jordan leaps the great divide / John Edgar Wideman Be like Mike? Michael Jordan and the pedagogy of desire / Michael Eric Dyson African-American festive style / William D. Peirsen From "strolling, jooking, and fixy clothes" / Shane White and Graham White.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -459) and index.