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Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze

Shane Vogel and Shane Vogel


In 1956 Harry Belafonte’s Calypso became the first LP to sell more than a million copies. For a few fleeting months, calypso music was the top-selling genre in the US—it even threatened to supplant rock and roll. Stolen Time provides a vivid cultural history of this moment and outlines a new framework—black fad performance—for understanding race, performance, and mass culture in the twentieth century United States. Vogel situates the calypso craze within a cycle of cultural appropriation, including the ragtime craze of 1890s and the Negro vogue of the 1920s, that encapsulates the culture of th ... More

Keywords: Harry Belafonte, Calypso, fad, race, mass culture, United States, cultural appropriation, authenticity, African American history, performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226568300
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226568584.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shane Vogel, author
Indiana University Bloomington

Shane Vogel, author