By Ben Sidran
Publish yr note: First released October 1st 1970 by way of Da Capo
Black Music—whether or not it's jazz, blues, r&b, gospel, or soul—has regularly expressed, consciously or now not, its African "oral" history, reflecting the stipulations of a minority tradition in the middle of a white majority. Black speak is a kind of infrequent books seeing that LeRoi Jones's Blues humans to check the social functionality of black track within the diaspora; it sounds the depths of expertise and maps the background of a tradition from the jazz age to the progressive outbursts of the Sixties.
Ben Sidran reveals radical demanding situations to the Western, white literary culture in such various song as blood brother Bolden's loud and hoarse cornet kind, the decision and reaction among brass and reeds in a swing band, the emotionalism of gospel, the primitivism of Ornette Coleman, and the cool ethic of bebop.
"The musician is the document," says Sidran. "He is the data himself. The effect of kept info is transmitted no longer via files or data, yet during the human reaction to life."
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In the story "A Bear Hunt," five miles down the river from Major de Spain's camp, and in an even wilder part of the river's jungle of cane and gum and pin oak, there is an Indian mound. Aboriginal, it rises profoundly and darkly enigmatic, the only elevation of any kind in the wild, fiat jungle of river bottom . . 3 As such, the mounds loomed on the landscape like the less hidden structures of the early white settlersespecially their great plain barns. While living among the Indians on the future site of Oxford in 1835, John J.
There is, in fact, throughout Faulkner criticism a puzzling imbalance between the attention given to nature and that given to architecture. " 3 Historian Joel Williamson recognized that "Faulkner early evolved a symbology in which buildings stood for artificial, man-made institutions and the 'outdoors' stood for the natural order. In his stories, doors and door frames, windows and window frames became especially important. His characters were forever looking in or looking out, crawling in or crawling out of windows.
1 More lasting, however, in both history and fiction, were the burial mounds of Lafayette, Tippah, and Yoknapatawpha counties, emphatic constructions of bermed earth that would stand through the centuries to remind and rebuke (Figs. 12 and 13). Faulkner knew the several mounds around Oxford, and he owned an illustrated history of Mississippi archaeology that documented their presence throughout the state. In his partially autobiographical essay "Mississippi," he mused on the mounds in which the < previous page page_21 next page > < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 Figure 12 Indian Mound, Lafayette County, Mississippi (photographed in 1913).