On Rhetoric and Black Music by Earl H. Brooks

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How Black musicians and composers used their craft to define and influence public discourse.

Examining the resounding artistry of iconic musicians such as Scott Joplin, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Mahalia Jackson, this work offers an alternative register in which these musicians and composers are heard as public intellectuals, consciously invested in crafting rhetorical projects they knew would influence the public sphere.


Earl H. Brooks is a musician and assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research in African American expressive culture, rhetoric and composition, and sound studies also appears in Sounding Out!Rhetoric ReviewJournal for the History of RhetoricLangston Hughes Review, and College Composition and Communication.


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