Music: Black, White, and Blue, by Ortiz Walton
"Music: Black, White & Blue: A Sociological Survey of the Use and Misuse of Afro-American Music" by Ortiz Walton, published in 1972.
The author was a professional double bassist; the first Afro American member of the Boston Symphony.
I read this as a teenager, growing up in the suburbs of D.C. and then then N.W. D.C. It affected me profoundly then.
I am just finishing re-reading it as a much older adult. I find it still to be a striking read, some 35 years later.
Anyone else ever know this book?
I found a couple of copies of this out-of-print volume at Amazon.
An early reviewer, in 1972, said that it should be required reading at all music schools. On re-reading it, I tend to agree. Especially among players who strive to play jazz.
Other thoughts? I am curious...
Really? Have none of you jazz, blues, or rock players read this?
Am I dating myself? :-(
Were the '70's really that long ago?!
Its a book about the development of American music. Has nobody else really read this?
Thanks for the tip, I just ordered it on Amazon. I'll tell you what I think when I've read it .
Thanks for the suggestion regarding this book. I just ordered a copy and I'll join the discussion after I've read it.
I'm NOT saying that anyone will agree with everything he wrote.
I know that I don't.
I am saying that for me it is powerful, nutritious food for thought.
Even if it has caused more than a few moments of mental, spiritual, and/or emotional indigestion...
I look forward to hearing your reviews.
Yeah, I'm looking forward to the "feelings in a time capsule" thing.
Planet Earth is going to be a pretty interesting place as far as race is concerned for the next couple hundred years, at least!
Found these memorials online for Ortiz Walton:
Would love to hear his solo record:
Got my copy yesterday. Didn't realize he played with Bill Evans. Got some library books that I have to get through before I go on vacation, but I'm looking forward to getting into it.
Thanks for the heads up, Eric. I'll be checking this out of the library soon enough.
Any responses/thoughts from those who have checked this out?
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