The influence of African Americans on music in the United States cannot be
overstated. A large variety of musical genres owe their beginnings to black
musicians. Jazz, rap, funk, R&B, and even techno have roots in African American
culture. This volume chronicles the history of African American music, with
spotlights on influential black musicians of the past and present. Historical
and contemporary photographs, including primary sources, contribute to an
in-depth look at this essential part of American musical history.