At the AAAMC, you will find materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions primarily from the post-World War II era. Our collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop. The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of black radio.
Hosted by the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC), this panel discussion explored concepts of beauty in music from two distinct, though related perspectives. Representations of gendered body images, male and female, served as one area of focus, while the second topic explored the body of aesthetic values which distinguish African American performance in ways which not only contrast, but often contradict those preferred by the larger American public. Panelists included guest speaker and distinguished scholar Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard (University of Michigan–Dearborn), Dr. Alisha Jones (IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology), and Dr. Tyron Cooper (IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies).More about Bodies of Sound
The AAAMC preserves thousands of original photographic prints. Many of these are digitized and available online.Explore Image Collections
The AAAMC is an active partner with IU's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. Thousands of hours of time-based media from our collections will eventually be available online.Explore Media Collections
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