Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant, and Tragic 1980s As Experienced by African Americans (Previously Known As Blacks and Before That Negroes
ISBN 13: 9780670032754
Publisher: Viking Pr
Publication Date: 2004
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POST-SOUL NATION : THE EXPLOSIVE, CONTRADICTORY, TRIUMPHANT, AND TRAGIC 1980S AS EXPERIENCED BY AFRICAN AMERICANS (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS BLACKS AND BEFORE THAT NEGROES)KS (ISBN: 0670032751 / 0-670-03275-1)
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Book Description: Viking Press, New York, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New. 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches. From Publishers Weekly Black Americans in the 1980s became figures of influence as never before, while a conservative government sought to chip away at hard-won advances, and the twin plagues of AIDS and crack began to blight the lives of millions of ordinary citizens. George, novelist and journalist, borrows some of John Dos Passos's "Newsreel" technique (from the massive trilogy USA) to tell linked stories of oppression and freedom, in a present tense that makes for extraordinary intimacy and quickness. George is a superb reporter, and hindsight allows him to focus only on the stories that interest us today, though he uncovers many a half-forgotten cause celebre. His critical judgments provoke admiration and further thought. Sometimes they're arcane: about the characters played by Carl Weathers and Mr. T. in Rocky III (1982), he writes, "In writing the characters, screenwriter Stallone actually anticipates the black cultural wars that shape much black pop culture for the next twenty years." Here they all are-Michael Jordan, Prince, Colin Powell, Whitney Houston, Tawana Brawley, Eddie Murphy, the rise of Jesse Jackson, the birth of BET (Black Entertainment Television), the horrific bombing of MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia, the Ishmael Reed-Alice Walker war over The Color Purple. George's extensive background is in music, film, fashion and sports reporting, and he also does a good job discussing 1980s literature. He's especially thorough on the rise of rap and hip-hop music and culture, and is pithy on pop: "While Michael [Jackson]'s ongoing theme is paranoia, Janet's is overdue sexual awakening and exploration." Only in the visual arts does the material seem thin on the ground: one might think Jean-Michel Basquiat was the only African-American painter working in the '80s, actually an extremely vibrant era for black painters and artists. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Product Description: After the extraordinary social and political upheaval of the 1960s and 70s, African American culture splintered in the "post-soul" decade of the 1980s. Black entertainers, athletes, politicians, and spiritual leaders enjoyed unprecedented prominence and influence while at the same time drugs and crime ravaged once-vital black neighborhoods. Michael Jordan dominated basketball and Michael Jackson swept the Grammys, but rage and desperation ruled the streets. In this fascinating history, Nelson George, one of the country's leading black cultural critics, chronicles the African American 1980s in all its excess, creativity, and despair. Sifting through the media, popular music, the arenas of sports and politics, cultural trends, street slang, and the changes that rocked Hollywood, Washington, Wall Street, and Madison Avenue, Post-Soul Nation will further confirm George as one of our most dynamic and original cultural commentators. Small black dot outside pages at bottom of book. AUTOGRAPH ONLY - not inscribed by author. AUTOGRAPHED. Bookseller Inventory # 500017
Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant, and Tragic 1980s As Experienced by African Americans (Previously Known As Blacks and Before That Negroes (Hardback) (ISBN: 9780670032754)
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Book Description: Penguin Group USA, 2004. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 222 x 146 mm. Brand New Book. The eighties were a colorful and contentious decade in the United States. Today's Gen-Xers have made the trade in eighties nostalgia and icons - from Rubik's Cubes to Members Only jackets - big business, but not everyone remembers the Me Decade as their carefree wonder years. Nelson George, the man Newsweek has called "the best black writer writing about black music in America," is in that category. His new book gets beyond the fads to the facts. Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America," trickle-down economics, and the steady undoing of the civil rights advances from the sixties and seventies made the 1980s a crucial and often perilous decade for an African American community that struggled to maintain a foothold amid a landscape of crack, crime, and urban destruction in an increasingly hostile American society. At the same time, black stars went supernova on television (Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey), in the movies (Eddie Murphy and Spike Lee), in the sports arena (Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan), in music (Michael Jackson and Prince), in literature (Alice Walker and Toni Morrison), and on the streets (Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan).Organized chronologically, Post-Soul Nation is a recount of the whole of the African American experience in the 1980s. With a particular focus on culture and politics, George takes us from the release of the very first rap single in 1979 to Colin Powell's public emergence during the invasion of Panama in December 1989. Along the way, we witness the rise of political figures such as Clarence Thomas, Willie Brown, Harold Washington, W. Wilson Goode, and Marion Barry; the arrest and conviction of child murderer Wayne Williams; the identification and spread of AIDS; the designation of Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday; the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics; the trial of Bernard Goetz; the death of Len Bias; the Tawana Brawley affair and the rise of Al Sharpton; George Bush's Willie Horton campaign commercial; and the murder of Yusef Hawkins, among countless other events and individuals whose impact on the African American experience in the 1980s - and in turn, the American culture as a whole - has yet to be fully recognized or recorded. Nelson George has, over the last fifteen years, steadily rewritten the whole history of the African American experience within American culture as a whole. Post-Soul Nation focuses on the series of tipping points in that dynamic. After the eighties, there was no turning back. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9780670032754
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