Dr. Linda F. Williams co-authored the texts on “Ragtime,” Syncopated Brass Bands,” New Orleans-Style Jazz,” “Stride Piano,” “Big Band Jazz,” “Swing Bands,” “Bebop,” “Cool,” “Hard Bop,” “Soul Jazz,” “Avant-Garde / Free Jazz,” and “Jazz Fusion.”
Fredara Hadley contributed the text on “Holy Hip-Hop,” and Linda Tillery the text on “Rock.”
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Dr. Fernando Orejuela made valuable suggestions that helped finalize the text on “Freedom Songs” and “Hip Hop,” respectively. My selection of some artists and musical examples resulted from my discussions with Keith McCutchen, Dr. Fernando Orejuela, Tyrone Cooper, and Fredara Hadley.
Jeff Tamarkin provided useful editorial assistance and suggestions.
The text for “Techno” was derived from an essay on the topic by Beverly May that appears in African American Music: An Introduction, edited by Mellonee V. Burnim and Portia K. Maultsby.
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