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Reclaiming the Beat: The Sweet Subversive Sounds of HBCU Marching Bands

Reclaiming the Beat: The Sweet Subversive Sounds of HBCU Marching Bands <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article conducts a critical analysis of the documentary <i>When the Beat Drops</i> (2018), which explores the southern underground Black queer dance scene known as bucking. Specifically, this study considers how marching band music and sound at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) constitute a counterculture production and play a significant role in the formation of bucking as a Black femme and queer praxis—an element that is overlooked by the documentary in its lack of attention to marching band music. Therefore, "Reclaiming the Beat" acts as a critical intervention to reposition HBCU marching band music in a new light and project its subversive potential in ways that haven&apos;t previously been considered—as a queer of color transformative agent.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Reclaiming the Beat: The Sweet Subversive Sounds of HBCU Marching Bands

Southern Cultures , Volume 27 (4) – Mar 17, 2022

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © Center for the Study of the American South
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1534-1488

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article conducts a critical analysis of the documentary <i>When the Beat Drops</i> (2018), which explores the southern underground Black queer dance scene known as bucking. Specifically, this study considers how marching band music and sound at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) constitute a counterculture production and play a significant role in the formation of bucking as a Black femme and queer praxis—an element that is overlooked by the documentary in its lack of attention to marching band music. Therefore, "Reclaiming the Beat" acts as a critical intervention to reposition HBCU marching band music in a new light and project its subversive potential in ways that haven&apos;t previously been considered—as a queer of color transformative agent.</p>

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 17, 2022

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