About the author: John D. Baskerville is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, specializing in African-American History and Culture. He holds a BA in Music Performance and Education from Tarkio College, and an MA in African-American World Studies and a PhD in American Studies, both from the University of Iowa. He is former president of the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Waterloo, IA. He has published scholarly articles on African-American music and Elvis Presley. He is also the co-host and associate producer of the nationally syndicated radio program “Community Rhythms,” which addresses contemporary and historical issues affecting African-Americans and their communities throughout the United States.
2003 0-7734-6646-0 The purpose of this monograph is threefold: to explore the development of modern black nationalist thought of the 1960s and 1970s and locate it within the tradition of modern black nationalism and cultural revitalization that emerged during the early decades of the 20th century; to demonstrate how a group of musicians operating in the style of American jazz music referred to as the ‘New Black Music’ embraced the various tenets of modern black nationalism and attempted to put these ideas into practice in the production of their music; and to demonstrate how the study of music can be utilized effectively to enhance our understanding of cultural, political, and social phenomena in American society.