Rebel Music

Paperback $16.95

Vintage | Dec 02, 2014 | 432 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307279972

  • Paperback$16.95

    Vintage | Dec 02, 2014 | 432 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307279972

  • Hardcover$29.95

    Pantheon | Mar 04, 2014 | 432 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780375424908

  • Ebook$12.99

    Vintage | Mar 04, 2014 | 432 Pages | ISBN 9780307908681

Praise

“Fascinating. . . Highly original. . . . Breathtaking.” —The New York Times

“A marvel. . . . Hisham Aidi is a brilliant expositor of this powerful planetary cultural phenomenon.” —David Levering Lewis, author of God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215

“Impressive. . . . With the confidence of a charismatic professor, Aidi’s discussion wanders through Detroit, Brazil, and ‘Jim Crow’ Arabia.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Mohammed meets Malcolm; Gnawa meets Guantanamo; Bandung meets B-boys; banlieues meet Bahia: this is the vibrant, noisy, embattled world Hisham Aidi brings to light. . . . In what can genuinely be described as a tour de force for its global scope, historical sweep, cultural virtuosity, and political sophistication, Rebel Music examines this soundtrack in a global context, from slavery to the latest war on terror.” —Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

Rebel Music may be the most bafflingly significant book I’ve read in years.  It is a marvel. . . . Hisham Aidi is a brilliant expositor of this powerful planetary cultural phenomenon.” —David Levering Lewis, author of God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
 
“A brilliant, utterly unique, effortlessly transnational and wonderfully written account of hip hop and new Muslim youth culture.” —WashingtonPost.com

“In this bracing, fascinating, and utterly timely exploration of music, race, and cultural identity, Aidi examines young European and American Muslims and their search for what he calls ‘a nonracist utopia’. . . . This book will be especially appealing to young people who want to better understand the Muslim perspective on war, prejudice, and national identity.” —Booklist (starred)

“A multilayered and intriguing story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. . . . Moving from jazz to the late Algerian pop star Salim Halali, Aidi’s wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail.” —Kirkus Reviews

Table Of Contents

Contents

Prologue ix

1 . The Enchanted Mooress 3
2 . Sugar’s Secrets 24
3 . Ghettos in the Sky 44
4 . 9,000 Miles . . . of Sufi Rock 70
5 . The Jazz Caliphate 86
6 . The Blue Spirit Chose Me 116
7 . In Trance We Trust 138
8 . “We Ain’t White” 159
9 . American Banlieue 195
10 . The X Factor 221
11 . When the Violins Weep 258
12 . The North African Syndrome 298

Acknowledgments 335
Selected Discography and Videography 341
Notes 345
Index 379

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