Nineteen Sixty Something

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In the late 1960s, LeRoi Jones became Imamu Amiri Baraka, a name change reflecting his move to a cultural nationalist ideology. Also reflective of that movement was his establishment of Jihad Productions. Jihad released three record albums. The first, Sonny’s Time Now, included a performance of Baraka’s poem “Black Art.” On this recording we hear the far more performative recitation mode Baraka evolved in the course of this decade. Jihad also released a recorded performance of Baraka’s play A Black Mass, accompanied by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and the album Black & Beautiful—Soul & Madness. As the sixties blended into the seventies, Baraka was given an unusual opportunity by Motown Records, and was able to record a full studio album of his word-sound works.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Music and Literature
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Music and Literature
ISSN (Print)2946-5133
ISSN (Electronic)2946-5141

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Music


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