Souled American: How Black Music Transformed White Culture

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Billboard Books, 2005 - Music - 368 pages
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From Jim Crow to Eminem, white culture has been transformed
by black music. To be so influenced by the boundless
imagination of a race brought to America in chains sets
up a fascinating irony, andSouled American, an ambitious
and comprehensive look at race relations as seen through
the prism of music, examines that irony fearlessly—with
illuminating results. Tracing a direct line from plantation field
hollers to gangsta rap, author Kevin Phinney explains how
blacks and whites exist in a constant tug-of-war as they
create, re-create, and claim each phase of popular music.
Meticulously researched, the book includes dozens of exclusive
celebrity interviews that reveal the day-to-day struggles
and triumphs of sharing the limelight. Unique, intriguing,
Souled Americanshould be required reading for every
American interested in music, in history,
or in healing our country’s troubled
race relations.

• Combines social history and pop culture
to reveal how jazz, blues, soul, country,
and hip-hop have developed

• Includes interviews with Ray Charles,
Willie Nelson, B. B. King, David Byrne,
Sly Stone, Donna Summer, Bonnie Raitt,
and dozens more

• Confronts questions of race and finds
meaningful answers

• Ideal for Black History Month

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Journalist Phinney here poses the oftmade argument that African Americans were the innovators of American music and that the talented white musicians who helped develop and popularize related genres ... Read full review



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About the author (2005)

Kevin Phinney, an
journalist based in
Austin, has written
for theAustin American-
and theHollywood
. Currently, he
is cohost of KGSRFM’s
morning drive-time program, Kevin & Kevin.

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