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The Black Musician and the White City: Race and Music in Chicago, 1900–1967 by Amy Absher, and: The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black-Owned Theater by Thomas Bauman (review)

The Black Musician and the White City: Race and Music in Chicago, 1900–1967 by Amy Absher, and:... BOOK REVIEWS The Black Musician and the White City: Race and Music in Chicago, 1900– 1967. By Amy Absher. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014. ISBN 978- 0- 472- 11917- 2. Cloth. Pp. xi, 202. $55.00. The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black-Owned Theater . By Thomas Bauman. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. ISBN 978- 0- 252-03836- 5. Cloth. Pp. xxii, 232. $55.00. Chicago continues to steadfastly hold its place as one of the most important crucibles of black music in the United States since the beginning of the twentieth century. Two new books, both published in 2014, grapple with and ultimately shore up the city’s legacy—albeit in very different ways. It may be misleading for me to suggest that Thomas Bauman’s The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black- Owned Theater and Amy Absher ’s The Black Musician and the White City: Race and Music in Chicago, 1900–1967 take micro- and macr operspectives, respectively; both books are well researched and detail oriented in their ways. Bauman reconstructs the trajectory of a single institution over the course of its brief lifespan, while Absher works to capture the dramatic sweep of sociological and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

The Black Musician and the White City: Race and Music in Chicago, 1900–1967 by Amy Absher, and: The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black-Owned Theater by Thomas Bauman (review)

American Music , Volume 33 (3) – Jan 14, 2016

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

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BOOK REVIEWS The Black Musician and the White City: Race and Music in Chicago, 1900– 1967. By Amy Absher. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014. ISBN 978- 0- 472- 11917- 2. Cloth. Pp. xi, 202. $55.00. The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black-Owned Theater . By Thomas Bauman. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. ISBN 978- 0- 252-03836- 5. Cloth. Pp. xxii, 232. $55.00. Chicago continues to steadfastly hold its place as one of the most important crucibles of black music in the United States since the beginning of the twentieth century. Two new books, both published in 2014, grapple with and ultimately shore up the city’s legacy—albeit in very different ways. It may be misleading for me to suggest that Thomas Bauman’s The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black- Owned Theater and Amy Absher ’s The Black Musician and the White City: Race and Music in Chicago, 1900–1967 take micro- and macr operspectives, respectively; both books are well researched and detail oriented in their ways. Bauman reconstructs the trajectory of a single institution over the course of its brief lifespan, while Absher works to capture the dramatic sweep of sociological and

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Jan 14, 2016

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