"Crossover" and the politics of "race"

Jones, Simon (1995) "Crossover" and the politics of "race". In: International Association for the Study of Popular Music, July 1993, Stockton, California, USA.

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This paper critically examines the discourse of “crossover” in the music industry. It argues that the term has been used in ways that tend to conceal the power relations involved in the music industry’s handling of certain musical forms and traditions, particularly African-American, Caribbean, Latin, African and other “ethnic” and “world” musics. But the term “crossover” also conceals a number of important questions about cross-cultural processes and appropriations, for example how black American, African and Caribbean musical forms have acquired a resonance for non-black social groups, both for musicians and audiences, and how racial and ethnic identities are negotiated in, and through, musical practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords (uncontrolled): Crossover, "Race", Popular Music, Music Industry, Black Music
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 17709
Depositing User: Simon Jones
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 11:36
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 19:47
ISBN: 0771704593
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17709

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