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Spencer, Jon Michael

Overview
Works: 51 works in 136 publications in 3 languages and 7,049 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Sermons  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Union catalogs  Poetry  Bibliography  Spirituals (Songs) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
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Most widely held works by Jon Michael Spencer
The new Negroes and their music : the success of the Harlem Renaissance by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Boldy conceived and compellingly argued, this revisionist work offers a new interpretation of the Harlem Renaissance by focusing on its music. Jon Michael Spencer challenges the emphasis of earlier historical studies - which have tended to bypass music in favor of literature - as well as their general conclusion that the Renaissance was a failure." "Spencer's discussion encompasses the music and writings of a wide range of important figures, including James Weldon Johnson, Harry T. Burleigh, Roland Hayes, Marian Anderson, Alain Locke, William Grant Still, R. Nathaniel Dett, and Dorothy Maynor. He argues that the singular accomplishment of the Harlem Renaissance composers and musicians was to achieve a "two-tiered mastery" promoted by Johnson, Locke, the Harmon award, and Crisis and Opportunity magazines. Their work, Spencer says, drew on the "mood and spirit" of African American folk music while mastering the forms and techniques of the European classical tradition in music." "Spencer also contends, with Locke, that the Harlem Renaissance had its roots in the turn of the century and extended for three decades beyond the 1920s. He thus contests assertions that the arrival of the Great Depression effectively ended the Renaissance, as issues of economic survival allegedly subsumed artistic aspirations. In positing a much longer period for the Renaissance and offering evidence for it, Spencer argues that this flowering of African American creative endeavor constitutes a major cultural legacy that can only be described as a resounding success."--Jacket
The new colored people : the mixed-race movement in America by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most Americans remain oblivious of a new racial phenomenon that may radically alter the political landscape of the United States. In recent years, dramatic increases in racial intermarriage have given birth to a generation of mixed-race children whose interracially married parents refuse to allow them to be shoehorned into neat, pre-existing racial categories. The parents, through organizations they have founded or joined, have lobbied aggressively for the category "multiracial" to be added to official racial classifications at the state and federal levels, including the United States census. Since a nonracial society is one of the stated goals of the multiracialists, Spencer suggests that the undoing of racial classification will come not by initiating a new classification - which will only give Americans the impression that mixed-race people can be neatly classified - but by our increased recognition that there are millions of people who simply defy classification
Black hymnody : a hymnological history of the African-American church by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and English, Old and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Protest & praise : sacred music of Black religion by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is a tracing of two tracks in the evolution of musical genres that have evolved from black religion. Songs of protest developed from the spiritual through social-gospel hymnody to culminate in songs of the civil-rights movement and the blues. Born in rebellion, they envision the Kingdom of God. Songs of praise, by contrast, express adoration. Beginning with the "ring-shout," Spencer follows the history of intoned declamation through the tongue song, Holiness-Pentecostal music, and the chanted sermon of the black preacher. --From publisher's description
Blues and evil by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and English, Old and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Re-searching Black music by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this provocative book, Jon Michael Spencer offers a new paradigm for the study of African American music. Proceeding from the proposition that black culture in America cannot be considered apart from its religious and philosophical roots, Spencer argues that "theology and musicology serving together" can form the basis of a holistic, integrative approach to black music and, indeed, to black culture in all its aspects
Theological music : introduction to theomusicology by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred symphony : the chanted sermon of the Black preacher by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the Black school sings : Black music collections at Black universities and colleges with a union list of book holdings by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sing a new song : liberating Black hymnody by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rhythms of Black folk : race, religion, and pan-Africanism by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Jon Michael Spencer argues that African rhythm, particularly African rhythm in the New World, gives rise to the distinctive qualities of black cultures. These rhythms especially undergird and distinguish black music, dance and religion, each of which is a means by which Afro-peoples absorb these rhythms and concretize them in other aesthetic ways. Since black music has been the primary carrier of African rhythms (both black religion and dance are dependent on black music), Spencer contends that it is from black music that black people glean what he calls "rhythmic confidence," a phenomenon he describes as essentially equivalent to "soul." He explains how this rhythmic confidence is sometimes casual and calm and at other times explicit and insurgent, such as in rap music. Spencer's intent for reading the cultural history of Afro-peoples through this rhythmic lens is to clarify the cultural relationship people of African descent have to one another
Self-made and blues-rich by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stars in de elements : a study of Negro folk music by Willis James( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The William Grant Still reader : essays on American music by William Grant Still( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred music of the secular city : from blues to rap( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theomusicology by Jon Michael Spencer( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and German and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Emergency of Black and the emergence of rap( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unsung hymns by Black and unknown bards( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred symphony : the chanted sermon of the Black preacher by Jon Michael Spencer( )

3 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The R. Nathaniel Dett reader : essays on black sacred music by Robert N Dett( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The new Negroes and their music : the success of the Harlem Renaissance
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The new colored people : the mixed-race movement in AmericaProtest & praise : sacred music of Black religionBlues and evilTheological music : introduction to theomusicologySacred symphony : the chanted sermon of the Black preacherAs the Black school sings : Black music collections at Black universities and colleges with a union list of book holdingsSing a new song : liberating Black hymnodyThe rhythms of Black folk : race, religion, and pan-Africanism