Re-Searching Black Music by Jon Michael Spencer (review)

Re-Searching Black Music by Jon Michael Spencer (The University of Tennessee Press, 1996)

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Re-Searching Black Music by Jon Michael Spencer (review)

by Michael Taft
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 2: Summer 1998

The University of Tennessee Press, 1996

Jon Michael Spencer’s latest book may be taken as an extended introductory essay to his theory of theomusicology. His title invites us to “re-search” the subject and nature of black music; that is, Spencer asks his readers to begin again their consideration of African American musical traditions from a new, and in his opinion, fundamental standpoint- theomusicology.