"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. http://www.amazon.com/Music-Sociolog.../dp/0688000258
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...