The Sounds of Black America: Funk and Dayton, Ohio
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.
African American Studies | Music | Musicology
Valnes, Matthew, "The Sounds of Black America: Funk and Dayton, Ohio" (2018). Content Presented at the First and Second Dayton Funk Symposia. 5.