History and Key Places



Kelley, Robin D. G. Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional! fighting the culture wars in urban america. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.

Lipsitz, George. Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1990.



Brown, Scott. Fighting for US: Maulana Karenga, the US Organization, and Black Cultural Nationalism. New York: New York University Press, 2003.

Bryant, Clora, Buddy Collette, William Green, Steven Isoardi, Jack Kelson, Horace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, and Marl Young, eds. Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Buchanon, Shonda, ed. Voices from Leimert Park: a poetry anthology. Hollywood, CA: Tsehai Publishers, 2006.

Daáood, Kamau. The Language of Saxophones. San Francisco: City Lights Publishers, 2005.

Flamming, Douglas. Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005.

George, Lynell. No Crystal Stair: African-Americans in the City of Angels. London: Verso, 1992.

Isoardi, Steven L. The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006.

Lewis, Samella and Ruth Waddy. Black Artists on Art. Volumes 1 & 2. Los Angeles: Contemporary Crafts Inc. Publishers, 1969, 1971.

Morgan, Marcyliena. The Real Hiphop: Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the LA Underground. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

Prigoff, James and Robin Dunitz. Walls of Heritage / Walls of Pride: African American Murals. San Francisco: Pomegranate, n.d.

Shaw, Arnold. Honkers and Shouters: The Golden Years of Rhythm & Blues. New York: Collier Books, 1978.

Shaw, William. West Side: Young Men and HipHop in L.A. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.


Sides, Josh. L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.

Smith, R J. The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African American Renaissance. New York: Public Affairs, 2006.

Vargas, João H. Costa. Catching Hell in the City of Angels: Life and Meanings of Blackness in South Central Los Angeles. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

von Blum, Paul. Resistance, Dignity, and Pride: African American Artists in Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA: CAAS Publications, 2004.



Benavidez, Max. Gronk. Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2007.

Cockcroft, Eva Sperling, and Holly Barnet-Sanchez, eds. Signs from the Heart: California Chicano Murals. New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1993.

Gamboa, Harry Jr. Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa, Jr. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Loza, Steven. Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Macias, Anthony. Mexican American Mojo. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

Normark, Don. Chávez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1999.

Reyes, David and Tom Waldman. Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock ‘n Roll from Southern California. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1998.

Rodriguez, Luis. Always Running; La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.

Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times. New York: Seven Stories
Press, 2001.



Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons. Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians. New York: Basic Books, 2006.