"Play That Barber Shop Chord": A Case for the African-American Origin of Barbershop Harmony

@article{Abbott1992PlayTB,
  title={"Play That Barber Shop Chord": A Case for the African-American Origin of Barbershop Harmony},
  author={Lynn Abbott},
  journal={American Music},
  year={1992},
  volume={10},
  pages={289}
}
Barbershop harmony is one of the great American inventions. The contemporary image of barbershop harmony is couched in a romanticized perception of the "Gay Nineties," with dapper, white, middleAmerican barbers and their patrons posed next to barber poles in attitudes of harmonizing. There is, however, little in the mainstream literature of the period to reinforce this image. The literature of AfricanAmerican history, on the other hand, is shot through with references to barbershop singing… Expand

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