The Black Panther Party: Three Moments of Music

Eamonn Kelly*

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    This chapter examines the ways in which the Black Panther Party (BPP) used popular music as a means to represent its ideology and politics to potential supporters during the peak of its activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Following an initial discussion of the ways in which the traditions of the U.S. left and popular music impacted upon the BPP, it explores the idea of black nationalism as understood and represented by the Panthers, its relationship to the traditions of Marxism, and the ways in which this relationship informed the cultural practice of the BPP. Finally, there is an examination of the 'three moments' alluded to in the title, a series of musical performances and recordings sponsored by the party.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRed Strains
    Subtitle of host publication Music and Communism Outside the Communist Bloc
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191760440
    ISBN (Print)9780197265390
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2014


    • Angela davies
    • Black nationalism
    • Black panther party
    • Emory douglas
    • Marxism
    • Popular music


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