Amiri Barakas Blues People at Fifty
Amiri Barakas Blues People at
A conversation with William Harris, Robert OMeally and John Szwed
On September 25, 1963 Amiri Barakas classic, Blue People: Negro Music in White America, was published in
New York City with a first impression of 5000 copies, and, remaining fresh and relevant, has never gone out of print.
Professors William J. Harris, University of Kansas, Robert OMeally, Columbia University and John Szwed, Columbia University,
will discuss the musical, sociological, aesthetic and theoretical implications of this sociocultural history of African American
music and its unique place in American music history and culture. This comprehensive study, the first to be written by an African
American, is a precursor to the fields of cultural studies and critical race theory.