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Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom

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ISBN13: 9780316332736
ISBN10: 0316332739
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This masterful exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.

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"One of the best books ever written on American popular music." Newsweek

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"A definitive chronicle of one of the great creative periods in American pop history." Library Journal

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SWEET SOUL MUSIC profiles the legendary artists--among them Sam Cook, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Al Green--who merged gospel and rhythm and blues. "The best history of '60s soul music. . . . Sooner or later, it is going to be recognized as a classic; the time to read it is now".--Robert Palmer, NEW YORK TIMES. 175 photos.

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Dr. Rico, February 9, 2008 (view all comments by Dr. Rico)
The most indispensable book about soul music. Guralnick argues for a distinct "Southern soul" sound, as distinguished from Motown or Chicago soul or other forms of "Northern soul," and traces its development from its twin roots in gospel song and Delta blues. He considers the giants of the soul tradition, from Ray Charles and Sam Cooke to Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin and Solomon Burke, as well as more obscure figures such as Doc Pomus, Spooner Oldham, and Joe Tex. He writes extensively about Stax Records, both the music and the company, and shows that the music's particular strength grew from a partnership between black and white musicians. For Guralnick, Stax in particular and Southern soul music in general represent the civil rights movement ideal of blacks and whites working together. Guralnick traces the decline of Stax to efforts to move the label towards a black-power position. While I wish Guralnick had done more to highlight the differences between Southern and Northern soul (in particular the jazz roots of Northern soul), this is still my favorite book about soul, because of Guralnick's astonishing portraits and the breadth of his canvas. One final word of warning: Guralnick writes about so many records and performers, in the narrative and in the extensive discography, that this book may lead you to spend hundreds of dollars on recorded music. Proceed with care... and delight.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316332736
Subtitle:
Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom
Author:
Guralnick, Peter
Author:
Bauer, B. L.
Author:
Gurainick, Peter
Author:
Bauer
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Soul
Subject:
Blues
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Rhythm and blues music
Subject:
Soul music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Blues
Subject:
Rhythm and blues music - Southern States -
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Subject:
Soul music; Soul singers; Rhythm and blues; Country music; Rockabilly music; Blues music; Music history; American culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Back Bay Pbk
Series Volume:
RMRS-GTR-37
Publication Date:
19990701
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.30x6.06x1.20 in. 1.40 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316332736 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the best books ever written on American popular music."
"Review" by , "A definitive chronicle of one of the great creative periods in American pop history."
"Synopsis" by , SWEET SOUL MUSIC profiles the legendary artists--among them Sam Cook, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Al Green--who merged gospel and rhythm and blues. "The best history of '60s soul music. . . . Sooner or later, it is going to be recognized as a classic; the time to read it is now".--Robert Palmer, NEW YORK TIMES. 175 photos.
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