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Groove Theory: The Blues Foundation of Funk

Tony Bolden


Tony Bolden presents an innovative history of funk music focused on the performers, regarding them as intellectuals who fashioned a new aesthetic. Utilizing musicology, literary studies, performance studies, and African American intellectual history, Bolden explores what it means for music, or any cultural artifact, to be funky. Multitudes of African American musicians and dancers created aesthetic frameworks with artistic principles and cultural politics that proved transformative. Bolden approaches the study of funk and black musicians by examining aesthetics, poetics, cultural history, and ... More

Keywords: funk, musicians, blues, black expression, musicology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496830524
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496830524.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Bolden, author
University of Kansas

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