Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Music & The Civil Rights Movement: Books and Scores (Sheet Music)

Every revolution has its music, but the Civil Rights Movement was special in being the first to benefit from sound recording and broadcasting. This meant that people on the fringes of the movement, non-participants, and even the antagonists could learn and sing the same songs that the active participants sang.  Television showed marches, rallies, and sit-ins, and the songs that went with them. This gave music a special role in spreading the message and sentiment of the movement.

A few authors have written about this connection, either within the context of African-American music, or the context of protest music.  Check out some of these titles to learn more about the central role of music in conveying emotion and meaning: