This passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society. In a fast-paced narrative, Nelson George’s book chronicles the rise and fall of “race music” and its transformation into the R&B that eventually dominated the airwaves only to find itself diluted and submerged as crossover music.
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Examines the changing sound of rhythm and blues, from the electrifying music of such greats as Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin to current mainstream names like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and explores the reasons for this radical shift.About the Author:
Nelson George is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, the Village Voice, Essence, and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.
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Book Description Plume, 1989. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The first full-scale history of the last fifty years of black music-from the doo wop sounds of the prewar years to the "crossover music" of today-"by the best black writer writing about black music in America."-Newsweek. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0452266971
Book Description Plume, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0452266971
Book Description Plume, 1989. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110452266971