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With its smooth, soulful tunes and groovy dance moves, Soul Train
launched the careers of countless African American artists and set lasting trends in music, dance, and fashion for more than three decades. To create this unparalleled tribute to the show, Questlove, the brilliant frontman for the Roots, has pored through more than 1,100 episodes of the show and been given exclusive access to its archives to present hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and the riveting, unfiltered story of how Don Cornelius revolutionized black entertainment.
In this incredible volume, Questlove takes you on a journey from the show's conception and first episode in 1971 to Don's final episode as host in 1993. You will learn how all-star performers such as Ike and Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, LL Cool J, Lenny Kravitz, the Beastie Boys, and Mariah Carey, to name a few, got their start, and get an up-close look at the show's most memorable dancers, and the moves and fashion they popularized.
Soul Train was the longest-running syndicated program in television history. It was beloved by generations of youth, like Questlove, who eagerly awaited every episode, and young music lovers are still discovering it today. It's taken more than forty years for the awesome legacy of Soul Train to be celebrated in a proper way, and this book does just that.
From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—
Americas longest running syndicated television program. A must-have for any fan, it contains a wealth of historical photography and celebrity commentary, and provides an in-depth look at the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of such renowned artists as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, the Black Eyed Peas, and many others.
With its debut in 1971, Soul Train set off a cultural revolution in music, dance, and fashion. During the course of 1,100 episodes, creator, executive producer, and host Don Cornelius gave new meaning to the culture of "cool," and in the process launched the careers of dozens of artists and introduced the world to hundreds more, including Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, the Black Eyed Peas, De La Soul, Justin Timberlake, Destinys Child, and Snoop Dogg.
This book will feature more than 500 images, some never seen before, of the people who lived the phenomenon from the stage, dance floor, and behind the scenes, as well as celebrity commentary about the shows impact on their careers and on our culture.
As the longest running syndicated program in television history, Soul Trains worldwide impact was tremendous and changed the lives of millions, including celebrated front man of the Roots, Questlove. His commentary, which revisits the show over the decades, is accompanied by exclusive photos and memorabilia.
From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and Aretha Franklin. Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program, and his text is paired with more than 350 photographs of the show's most memorable episodes and the larger-than-life characters who defined it: the great host Don Cornelius, the extraordinary musicians, and the people who lived the phenomenon from dance floor. Gladys Knight contributed a foreword to this incredible volume. Nick Cannon contributed the preface.
About the Author
Drummer, DJ, and producer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is the unmistakable heartbeat of the four-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group the Roots. He is the musical director for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as the house band. He has produced top musicians from Eminem to Jay-Z and recently published his autobiography Mo' Meta Blues.