The Sounds of Black America: Funk and Dayton, Ohio

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The Sounds of Black America: Funk and Dayton, Ohio

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This essay proposes a framework called the “sounds of black America” to argue that the social and cultural interactions unique to a specific locality results in a particular approach to funk as sound organization. Drawing on George Lipsitz’s concept of the “Black Spatial Imaginary” and using the music of the Ohio Players as a case study, I demonstrate how the music programs in Dayton-area schools can help us understand the particular approach to funk that came out of Dayton in the late 1960s through the 1970s.

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9-12-2018

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African American Studies | Music | Musicology

The Sounds of Black America: Funk and Dayton, Ohio

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