Message in the Music: Political Commentary in Black Popular Music from Rhythm and Blues to Early Hip Hop

@article{Stewart2005MessageIT,
  title={Message in the Music: Political Commentary in Black Popular Music from Rhythm and Blues to Early Hip Hop},
  author={Jim Stewart},
  journal={The Journal of African American History},
  year={2005},
  volume={90},
  pages={196 - 225}
}
  • J. Stewart
  • Published 22 June 2005
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of African American History
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