Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke

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Little, Brown, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 750 pages
One of the most influential singers and songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music and secular themes--the early foundation of soul music. He was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled his own business destiny. No biography has previously been written that fully captures Sam Cooke's accomplishments, the importance of his contribution to American music, the drama that accompanied his rise in the early days of the civil rights movement, and the mystery that surrounds his death. Bestselling author Peter Guralnick tells this moving and significant story, from Cooke's childhood as a choirboy to an adulthood when he was anything but. With appearances by Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Brown, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Fidel Castro, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Bob Dylan, and other central figures of this explosive era, DREAM BOOGIE is a compelling depiction of one man striving to achieve his vision despite all obstacles--and an epic portrait of America during the turbulent and hopeful 1950s and 1960s. The triumph of the book is the vividness with which Peter Guralnick conveys the astonishing richness of the black America of this era--the drama, force, and feeling of the story.
 

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The excellent film One Night in Miami brought me to this bio, my first by Guralnick, who is known for his profoundly comprehensive examinations of music and musicians. Even beyond Sam Cooke’s riveting ... Read full review

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In 1951, Sam Cooke became the lead singer for the Soul Stirrers, one of gospel music's most popular groups. Six years later, he crossed over into pop music success, writing most of his hits (e.g ... Read full review

Contents

The QCs Are in the House c48
3
Soul Stirring December 19501952
65
The Further Education of Sam Cook 19531955
94
Lovable 1956Moy 1957
130
How He Grossed Over June igJanuary 1958
171
The Biggest Show of Stars for 1958 1958
218
Sam Barbara and Linda Christmas 19581959
268
Having Fun in the Record Business 1960
315
Scenes from Life MarchJune 1963
463
Independence Day JuneDecember 1963
503
Long Time Coming December 1gGyJune g64
537
The Piper JuneNovember 1964
576
Uncloudy Day NovemberDecember 1g64
609
Aftermath
639
Notes
653
Bibliography
707

Another Country 1961
355
BoogieWoogie Rumble JanuaryJuly 1962
393
Another Saturday Night July 1g62ebruary 1963
416

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