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Rebel Musics, Volume 1
Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, eds.

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Rebel Musics, Volume 1 : Human Rights, Resistant Sounds, and the Politics of Music Making

Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, eds.


A fascinating journey into a rich, complex world, where music and politics unite, where rebel musicians are mobilizing for political change and social justice.

"A rich collection of ideas and information about music that inspires, delights, and educates at the same time. It is especially welcome at a time when people doing music are called upon by world events to walk out on the stage and do the unexpected." --Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"A complex and thought-provoking set of essays, which addresses politics, human rights, and resistance in music on a global scale. ... Rebel Musics encourages us to dig deeply and confront the contradictions, power imbalances, and ethical questions constantly circulating through sound and social practice. Read this!" --Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, Harvard University

"An important new collection, Fischlin and Heble's Rebel Musics for the first time brings together the fields of politics, popular music and human rights. Diverse and challenging, celebratory but refreshingly realistic, I strongly recommend Rebel Musics to all those interested in music and its political possibilities." --Chris Gibson, University of New South Wales

Apart from the editors, contributors include: cabaret artist, author, and musician Norman Nawrocki; film makers Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy; musician Jesse Stewart; poet George Elliott Clarke; author Timothy Brennan; author Martha Nandorfy; radio host Ray Pratt; editor, author, and music reviewer Ron Sakolsky.

Table of Contents

  • Image and Photo Credits
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Take One / Rebel Musics: Human Rights, Resistant Sounds, and the Politics of Music Making - Daniel Fischlin
  • 1 / Hangin' Out on the Corner of Music and Resistance - Ron Sakolsky
  • 2 / Making Rebel Musics: The Films - Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy, with Elysee Nouvet and Hind Benchekroun
  • 3 / Freedom Music: Jazz and Human Rights - Jesse Stewart
  • 4 / Gospel as Protest: The African-Nova Scotia Spiritual and the Lyrics of Delvina Bernard - George Elliott Clarke
  • 5 / The Blues: A Discourse of Resistance - Ray Pratt
  • 6 / Rhythm Activism: A "Rebel News Orchestra / Rock 'n' Roll Cabaret" Band - Norman Nawrocki
  • 7 / The Right to Uve in Peace: Freedom and Social Justice in the Songs of Violeta Parra and Victor Jara - Martha Nandorfy
  • 8 / Global Youth and Local Pleasure: Cuba and the Right to Popular Music - Timothy Brennan
  • Take Two / Rebel Musics: Human Rights, Resistant Sounds, and the Politics of Music Making - Ajay Heble
  • Index

DANIEL FISCHLIN is Professor of English at the University of Guelph and co-author with Martha Nandorfy of Eduardo Galeano: Through the Looking Glass (Black Rose Books). He has been active as a musician for most of his life and this is his fourth book devoted to an interdisciplinary musical topic.

AJAY HEBLE is Professor of English at the University of Guelph. He is the author of Landing on the Wrong Note: Jazz, Dissonance, and Critical Practice and co-editor (with Daniel Fischlin) of The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue. Artistic Director and Founder of The Guelph Jazz Festival, he is also an accomplished pianist.

2003: 280 pages, 6x9, bibliography, index, photographs

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