Cosmopolitan or Provincial?: Ideology in Early Black Music

Black Music Research Journal

This article explores the historiography of early black music and its legacy. In examining texts from the 19th century to the 1940s, Ramsey finds that black music has always been a fertile source of controversy-and that the same issues still resonate in current debates. He takes as his starting point the cleavage between "cosmopolitan" and "provincial" outlooks, which viewed American music from a European perspective, or a more resolutely and defiantly American one, respectively.

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1850-1940, early jazz, early jazz journalism, Eileen Southern, jazz history, Nineteenth Century jazz, research methods, The Music of Black Americans: A History