In 1997 the third and final edition of the late Eileen Southern's monumental Music of Black Americans: A History was published, begging the question of who would craft comprehensive histories of Black American music going forward. Portia K. Maultsby and Mellonee V. Burnim answered that question with their own monumental African American Music: An Introduction (2006, second edition 2015, henceforth AAM), a seven-hundred-page edited volume that continued Southern's historical documentary approach but departed from a through-narrative in favor of chapters organized largely by genre. Maultsby and Burnim's Issues in African American Music complements AAM but also stands on its own: with twenty-one chapters by preeminent and emerging ethnomusicologists, musicologists, music journalists, and performers, it is both shorter and more wide-ranging. The “issues” include historiography, agency, power dynamics, commodification, and gender and for the most part privilege Black voices (only six of the twenty contributors are not African American)....

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