The death of rhythm & blues

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E.P. Dutton, 1989 - Music - 222 pages
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In a fast-paced narrative George's book chronicles the rise and fall of "race music", including its transformation into an R&B that eventually dominated the airwaves only to find itself diluted and submerged as "crossover music". 21 halftones.

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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

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The writer provides interesting history about the development of R&B, the evolution of soul, the social consciousness of black music in the 1970s, and the deep ruts cut by Jackson brother and sister, Lionel Ritchie and Whitney Houston. He finishes the book with an early history of hip hop. If you’re like me and the music of Curtis Mayfield still provide joy and movies like A Piece of the Action and Across 110th Street ring a distant chime, you’ll probably like this book. 

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About the author (1989)

Nelson George is the author of several non-fiction books, including "The Death of Rhythm & Blues" & "Hip Hop America", both nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, & three novels, "One Woman Short", "Seduced", & the "Essence" Blackboard bestseller "Urban Romance". An award-winning journalist, he is also an accomplished screenwriter (including "Strictly Business" & "CB-4") & an Emmy Award-winning producer of HBO's "The Chris Rock Show". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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