Cloth $78.00 ISBN: 9780226115665 Published April 2008 For sale in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226115672 Published February 2008 Not for sale in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan

In Township Tonight!

South Africa's Black City Music and Theatre, Second Edition

David B. Coplan

David B. Coplan

496 pages | 8 color plates, 24 halftones | 6 x 9-1/4 | © 2008
Cloth $78.00 ISBN: 9780226115665 Published April 2008 For sale in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226115672 Published February 2008 Not for sale in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan
David B. Coplan’s pioneering social history of black South Africa’s urban music, dance, and theatre established itself as a classic soon after its publication in 1985. As the first substantial history of black performing arts in South Africa, In Township Tonight! was championed by a broad range of scholars and treasured by fans of South African music. Now completely revised, expanded, and updated, this new edition takes account of developments over the last thirty years while reflecting on the massive changes in South African politics and society since the end of the apartheid era.

In vivid detail, Coplan comprehensively explores more than three centuries of the diverse history of South Africa’s black popular culture, taking readers from indigenous musical traditions into the world of slave orchestras, pennywhistlers, clergyman-composers, the gumboot dances of mineworkers, and touring minstrelsy and vaudeville acts. This up-to-date edition of a landmark work will be welcomed by scholars of ethnomusicology and African studies, world music fans, and anyone concerned with South Africa and its development.
Robert Christgau | Voice Literary Supplement
“I know of few more compelling investigations of popular culture: it has scope, color, a sense of pace, loads of information, and an intellectual organization that does well to center around that elusive notion, urbanization.”—Robert Christgau, Voice Literary Supplement, on the first edition
Christine Lucia, Professor of Music, University of the Witwatersrand
In Township Tonight! was a landmark, appearing in a desert of writing about South African music but rapidly becoming the most quoted source in the literature. This new edition, twenty two years on, is a rich and insightful reimagining of the original, as beautifully written and engaging as the first, but the story it tells is not only of black South African music and its history, but of a writer who speaks unforgettably to the way an entire country and its collective cultures have ‘come of age’ in the early twenty-first century.”—Christine Lucia, Professor of Music, University of the Witwatersrand
Deanne Sole | Pop Matters
"[The book] flies through the decades at a swift pace, densely-packed, expansive, introducing new pieces of information and building on old ones. . . . If you're looking for a comprehensive overview then you'll have to search hard to find a better one than this."
Carol Muller | International Journal of African Historical Studies
"The significantly expanded second edition of In Township Tonight! is an essential read for those interested in understanding South Africa's political transformation as it manifests itself through live and recorded musical and theatrical performance. . . . Throughout this book one senses a capacious longing to know, to understand, and to convey to readers around the world a taste of the past, present, and future of black South African performance in all its fullness from someone who has seen and heard an extraordinary amount of South African music and theater in the last forty odd years."
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