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The Ethnomusicology Program and Archives at the University of Washington stand in solidarity with our African American students and other students of color at the University of Washington as well as with our African American colleagues and other colleagues of color—including faculty, staff, and other University of Washington employees. We are committed to making space in academia for historically underrepresented musics, voices, and experiences.
To help make educational resources tackling the issue of racism in the U.S. more visible as well as the work of ethnomusicological scholarship by scholars of color more visible, the Ethnomusicology Program and Archives are providing links to the following works. Please note that this short list is not meant to be complete.
From the Archives
206 Hip Hop Collection
1800+ tracks of local hip-hop, from A-Rawlo to UGM. Available for in-archive listening.
Black & White Affair (sample)
Seattle funk & soul band, 1967-74. Robbie Hill on drums.
Blues Greats @ UW
Unique 16mm footage of musicians such as Son House, Mance Lipscomb, and Lightnin' Hopkins.
Byron Pope Combo
Avant-garde alto saxophonist Byron Pope was hired with Joe Brazil to teach jazz at UW in 1968.
May 1951, live at Seattle's 908 Club with Cecil Young on piano, Gerald Brashear on sax/congas/bongos, Jimmie Rodgers on drums, and Traff Hubert on bass.
High Fidelty Turntable System and the Creation of Hip Hop Music: an Organological Inquiry
Miles White's MA thesis tape (1996). DJ B-Mello demonstrates hip-hop techniques of backspinning, altering speed, mixing, scratching, cutting...
Lightnin' Hopkins @ UW
African American country blues guitarist and vocalist Lightnin' Hopkins performs McGhee perform "Come on, Baby," "Rocky Mt.," "Rock Me All Night Long," and "See That My Grave is Kept Clean" on October 22, 1967.
We Some Killaz : Affect, Representation and the Performance of Black Masculinity in Hip-Hop Music
Miles White's 2003 PhD dissertation. Accompanying DVD documents Seattle hip-hop performances and artists.
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee @ UW
African American country blues (Piedmont style) B-flat harmonica player and vocalist Sonny Terry with African American blues guitarist and vocalist Brownie McGhee perform "My Father's Words" (B. McGhee/vocals, composer), "Baby, I Got My Eyes on You" (S. Terry/vocals, composer), and "Treated Wrong" (both sing, Terry leads) at UW on March 20, 1970.
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