Contents


Making Black Music

Bird Lives! The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker by Ross Russell

Black Music: Four Lives 1966) by A.B. Spellman

Black Music by LeRoi Jones

Black Nationalism and the Revolution in Music by Frank Kofsky

Reflections on Afro-American Music by Dominique-René de Lerma

Black Talk by Ben Sidran

What We Didn’t Know About Slavery

Neither Black Nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States by Carl Degler

Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 by Richard S. Dunn

White, Red, and Black: The Seventeenth-Century Virginians by Wesley Frank Craven

Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion by Peter H. Wood

Flight and Rebellion: Slave Resistance in Eighteenth-Century Virginia by Gerald W. Mullin

Contributors

Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a novelist, essayist, and critic. Her political and social commentary, literary essays, and drama criticism appeared in magazines such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books, and were collected in On the Contrary (1961), Mary McCarthy’s Theatre Chronicles 1937-1962 (1963), The Writing on the Wall (1970), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and Occasional Prose (1985). Her novels include The Company She Keeps (1942), The Oasis (1949), The Groves of Academe (1952), A Charmed Life (1955), The Group (1963), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). She was the author of three works of autobiography, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957), How I Grew (1987), and the unfinished Intellectual Memoirs (1992), and two travel books about Italy, Venice Observed (1956) and The Stones of Florence (1959). Her essays on the Vietnam War were collected in The Seventeenth Degree (1974); her essays on Watergate were collected in The Mask of State (1974).

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.