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Red StrainsMusic and Communism Outside the Communist Bloc$
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Robert Adlington

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265390

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265390.001.0001

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The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party

Three Moments of Music

Chapter:
(p.213) 15 The Black Panther Party
Source:
Red Strains
Author(s):

Eamonn Kelly

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265390.003.0015

This chapter examines the ways in which the Black Panther Party (BPP) used popular music as a means to represent its ideology and politics to potential supporters during the peak of its activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Following an initial discussion of the ways in which the traditions of the U.S. left and popular music impacted upon the BPP, it explores the idea of black nationalism as understood and represented by the Panthers, its relationship to the traditions of Marxism, and the ways in which this relationship informed the cultural practice of the BPP. Finally, there is an examination of the ‘three moments’ alluded to in the title, a series of musical performances and recordings sponsored by the party.

Keywords:   Marxism, Black Panther Party, black nationalism, popular music, Emory Douglas, Angela Davies

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