Critical Book Review (5-8 pages) on Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr.’s Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to HipHop (2003)*PMQUESTION: How did Guthrie P. Ramsey define
the concept of Afromodernism as being distinct to African American experiences, yet related to universal
modernity? With emphasis on black “discourses and signifying practices” of particular artists at “specific
historical moments,” how does the concept of Afromodernism relate to the emergence of African American
music genres of Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and their stylistic offspring in the post-industrial era?
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