From Swing to Soul
An Illustrated History of African American Popular Music From 1930 to 1960Book - 1994
Barlow's essays highlight the different settings in which black music flourished. Biographies chronicle the lives of composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists who shaped black contributions to the American "soundscape".
The text is illustrated with compelling photographs of household names -- Ellington, Basie, Waller, Parker, Holiday, Cole -- and lesser-known luminaries such as Lizzie "Memphis Minnie" Douglas.
This musical era continues to reverberate in today's popular rock, rap, jazz, and hip-hop -- a legacy of the tenacious genius of its creators.