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Ig band SwingAs Bop succeeded Swing and Rhythm and Blues followed each had white followers like the Beat writers and the first young rock and rollers Even popular white genres like the country music of Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family reflected significant black influence In fact the theoretical separation of American music by race is not accurate This biracial fusion achieved an apotheosis in the early work of Bob Dylan born and raised at the northern end of the same Mississippi River and Highway 61 that had been the birthplace of much of the black music he would study As the book reveals the connection that began with Thoreau and continued for over 100 years was a cultural evolution where at first individuals and then larger portions of society absorbed the culture of those at the absolute bottom of the power structure the slaves and their descendants and realized that they themselves were not fr. McNally aptly describes his book an idiosyncratic history Scholarly but accessible occasionally dubious in its connections and conclusions this uniue journey through American music history and its broad impact upon culture is fascinating and enjoyable

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On Highway 61On Highway 61 explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties The book is going to search for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution for the past 150 years by studying what the Western European culture learned from African American culture in a historical progression that reaches from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan The book begins with America’s first great social critic Henry David Thoreau and his fundamental source of social philosophy his profound commitment to freedom to abolitionism and to African American culture Continuing with Mark Twain through whom we can observe the rise of minstrelsy which he embraced and his subversive satirical masterpiece Huckleberry Finn While familiar the book places them into a newly articulated historical reference that shines new light and reveals a progression that is m. So here's the thing in spite of only giving this book a 3 star rating I really enjoyed reading it As you might expect of a book subtitled Music Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom McNally spends a large portion of the book exploring African American music; the spirituals blues jazz and all that both preceded and followed these expressions He's a good writer has great insight loves and respects the music and cares enough to weed his way through to some of the key interpretive voices All good Even when he sees Henry David Thoreau as something of the pioneer or forerunner of this music I can cut McNally some serious slack I'd never thought of things in that wayI'm afraid though that I just don't buy his interpretation of Bob Dylan as being the endpoint of Music Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom Don't get me wrong here I think Dylan is a brilliant and gifted writer and one who may yet surprise us with some stunning original music But the endpoint I don't buy it I'm afraid The author of the review in Kirkus apparently agrees and says it better than I could A combination of cultural history of American popular music and race relations and a fan’s notes on Bob Dylan whose story consumes the final 100 pages

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On Highway 61 summary ☆ 108 ´ On Highway 61 explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties The book is going to search for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution for the past 150 years by studying what the Western European culture learned from African AmeriUch greater than the sum of its individual parts As the first post Civil War generation of black Americans came of age they introduced into the national culture a trio of musical forms ragtime blues and jazz that would with their derivations dominate popular music to this day Ragtime introduced syncopation and become the cutting edge of the modern 20th century with popular dances The blues would combine with syncopation and improvisation and create jazz Maturing at the hands of Louis Armstrong it would soon attract a cluster of young white musicians who came to be known as the Austin High Gang who fell in love with black music and were inspired to play it themselves In the process they developed a liberating respect for the diversity of their city and country which they did not see as exotic but rather as art It was not long before these young white rebels were the masters of American pop music – b. A great introductory reading for anyone interested in the roots and evolution of American music especially its intellectual racial and geographical contexts Though the author's central argument isn't always as prominent as it could be from chapter to chapter the book tells a great story throughout using as a motif the Mississippi River and its parallel roadway Highway 61 to chart the journey of the music and its practitioners Somehow he manages to link Thoreau and Twain and their articulation of the freedom principle in their work to the spiritual tradition minstrelsy the emergence of jazz and the blues and ultimately the person he considers the greatest beneficiary of black music and the embodiment of its syncretic fusion Bob Dylan