Join us on Zoom for a book talk with Daphne A. Brooks and Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.

Award-winning Black feminist music critic Daphne A. Brooks’s new book Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound explores more than a century of music archives to examine the critics, collectors, and listeners who have determined perceptions of Black women in the recording studio and on stage. How is it possible, Daphne asks, that iconic artists such as Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé exist simultaneously at the center and on the fringe of the culture industry?

Do we ever think of Black women musicians as intellectuals? Do we ever think of them as innovating and curating repertoires that actively engage with the complexities of African American history and American history more broadly? Is there such a thing as Black feminist music writing? Liner Notes for the Revolution seeks to answer these questions.

Click here to buy the book at a local indie bookshop.

Presented by the Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC)/Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA)-New York University; Co-sponsored by 370J Project, Dept. of Photography & Imaging-NYU Tisch School of the Arts and NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts


Daphne A. Brooks is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of African American Studies and Professor of Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University and the author of Jeff Buckley’s Grace and of Bodies in Dissent, winner of the Errol Hill Award for outstanding scholarship in African American performance studies. She has written liner notes to accompany the recordings of Aretha Franklin, Tammi Terrell, and Prince, as well as stories for the New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, and Pitchfork. Daphne A. Brooks photo credit: Mara Lavitt

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is Editor in Chief of Musiqology and is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A widely published writer, he is the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (University of California Press, 2003) and The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop (2013). His next book, Who Hears Here? Drastic Interpretations on Black Music History and Society, a mid-career collection of his essays is also forthcoming. He was recipient of the Lowens Award from the Society for American Music for best article on an American music topic in 2001. He is a pianist, composer and arranger for his Philadelphia-based band, Dr. Guy’s Musiqology. @DrGuyMusiQology