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Wednesday 26 May 2010

From Curtis Mayfield to 50 Cent, from Nina Simone to JayZ, black music has declined in its quality and lost its moral stance. That's the contention of the cultural critic Paul Gilroy. He joins Laurie Taylor and Caspar Melville to discuss the counter-cultural stance that black popular music once had, and explore whether it really has been destroyed.

Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Paul Gilroy

    Paul Gilroy, Anthony Giddens Professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics

    Darker Than Blue; On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture
    Publisher: Harvard University Press
    ISBN-10: 0674035704
    ISBN-13: 978-0674035706

    Find out more about Paul Gilroy
  • Caspar Melville

    Caspar Melville, Music Journalist, Editor of New Humanist and former lecturer in popular music studies at Goldsmiths, London University

    Find out more about Caspar Melville


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