'Got my own world to live through': race and categorisation in Jimi Hendrix's music

Bradshaw-Hughes, Matthew (2020) 'Got my own world to live through': race and categorisation in Jimi Hendrix's music. MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Jimi Hendrix and his music have been continuously subjected to racial classification by critics who have chosen not to look at Hendrix’s own views on race in sufficient detail or context. Given that Hendrix himself rejected the framework of racial classification, this thesis explores the strengths and weaknesses of a racial analysis of his music by looking at it from the perspective of two relatively recent critical-aesthetic discourses, Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism. While they are interesting and productive in some ways, these approaches do not fully account for Hendrix’s thematic concerns and unique aesthetic approach which demonstrates how sound in particular is not reducible to race.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MRes)
Supervisors: Heffernan, Nick
Brookes, Ian
Keywords: Hendrix, Jimi; Blacks, Race identity; Afrofuturism
Subjects: H Social sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
M Music and Literature on music > ML Literature of music
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of American and Canadian Studies
Item ID: 60568
Depositing User: Bradshaw-Hughes, Matthew
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 13:26
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 13:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/60568

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