New online resource: Black Music Library

Posted on: August 21, 2020

A new online archive of resources about Black music has launched online, titled the Black Music Library. The library, curated by New York City-based music journalist Jenzia Bourgos, features links to books, articles, documentaries, series, podcasts, and more about the Black origins of traditional and popular music dating from the 18th century to the present day. Resources are organized chronologically and by genre, including classical, rock, punk, reggae, blues, jazz, disco, and hip-hop, and can be searched by journalist, historian/musicologist, and website. The site’s “about” page states, “This digital library was born out of a need to make resources about Black music history as comprehensive and accessible as possible. It contains well over one thousand entries (and counting) in the form of books, articles, documentaries, series, radio segments, and podcasts about the Black origins of popular and traditional music, dating from the 18th century to the present day. These materials range from informal to scholarly.”