Celeste Day Moore – Soundscapes of Liberation African American Music in Postwar France (Duke University Press, book)

Music reflects great historical movements to the same extent that it can sometimes initiate them. Celeste Day Moore's »Soundscapes of Liberation African American Music in Postwar France« is dedicated to the broad reception of US-American musical styles in post-war France and thus opens up a panorama with decidedly socio-political dimensions that goes far beyond the mere retelling of the genesis of genres such as rhythm and blues or jazz on French soil. It offers many insights into the realities of life for African-American artists in the USA as well as on the European continent. On top of that, the historian also places this in global political contexts and thus underlines once again that culture is always a prism of social processes.