The Death of Rhythm and Blues

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Penguin, Aug 15, 2003 - Social Science - 256 pages
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From Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down," 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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George, music editor at Billboard and contributor to Playboy and the Village Voice , has written a provocative book describing how white society has changed black music. Providing as much a cultural ... Read full review

Contents

SELLING RACE
THE FIRST WAVES
DAVE CLARK
LOUIS JORDAN
GOING THROUGH CHANGES
RB INDIES
INNOVATIVE ATLANTIC
BLACK RADIO
HOLLYWOOD AND HOWARD
WHUR
THE HARVARD REPORT
STAX DOWN
PHILLY UP
DISCO FEVER
YOU COULD LOOK IT UP
THE NEW WHITE NEGROES

A FORGOTTON OMEN
CHARLESS SOUL
A BLACK FIVEANDDIME
TWO SIDES OF THE COIN
THE CHICAGO SCENE
RB YIN AND YANG
RADIO RAPS AND THE CURRENTS OF HISTORY
THE GODFATHER
THE QUEEN
CULTURE SHOCK
NARA
GARY BYRD
LIVING FOR THE URBAN
MOMANDPOP RETAIL REVISITED
FINGERS IN THE DIKE
COUNTING THE LOSSES
MOTOWN GIVES IN
RADIO DAZE
RETRONUEVO
RHYTHM METHODS
Philosophy Money and Music 190030
The New Negro 195065
Crossover The Death of Rhythm Blues 197579
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Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down,  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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