Synopses & Reviews
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.
The classic history of modern black music from "the best black writer writing about black music in America" ("Newsweek"). This passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last 50 years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society.
About the Author
Nelson George is the author of seven previous nonfiction books on African American culture and of four novels. Hip Hop America and The Death of Rhythm & Blues were both finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards. He has written for national magazines, including Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, Spin, Essence, and the Village Voice.
Table of Contents
The Death Of Rhythm and Blues Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Meditation on the Meaning of "Death"
Philosophy, Money, and Music (1900-30)
Dark Voices in the Night (1930-50)
The New Negro (1950-65)
Black Beauty, Black Confusion (1965-70)
Redemption Songs in the Age of Corporations (1971-75)
Crossover: The Death of Rhythm and Blues (1975-79)
Assimilation Triumphs, Retronuevo Rises (1980-87)
Photographs follow pages 80 and 144