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“[George’s] reading of history is not only interdisciplin- ary, it has a musical score.... His accounts of the colorful characters who populate this uncharted realm are often informative and...delightful.” —The Washington Post Book World
The Death Of Rhythm & BluesAcknowledgments
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 & Blues (1975-79)
Assimilation Triumphs, Retronuevo Rises (1980-87)
Photographs follow pages 80 and 144
Posted May 23, 2010
It is sad when a people can be programmed to reject somethiong that is THEIRS.Reject may be too harsh a word....maybe fail to embrace would be more accurate.By 1972 R&B had reached it's peak.Then,by design,DISCO- a programed mish mash of repeated simple beats that white people could dance to rushed on the scene.The commercial cash in at the box office -Saturday Night Fever,the shiny knit clothing and the buy in by many Blacks and the game was over...At least it appeared to be over.The roots of R&B---that country connection....that Muscle Shouls and deep country soul connection IS dead.No more Garnett Mims or Sam and Dave types are being developed.It was by design that all of this occurred.The MURDER of Sam Cooke by people who did not want his publishing accumen to spread to others.They made it look like he was chasing a white woman.I don't believe that. I was 15 y.o. when it happened .I didn't believe it then and I don't believe it now.
In the 40's,jazz was taken off of the radio. At that time whites were looking to Harlem for a good time. "Bubbling Brown Sugar",the hit Broadway play touched on that theme.
The powers that be have systematically put a cap on Black music at critical times in our history. This is one of those taboo subjects that,if pursued will end with denial of any intentional wrongdoing.....Just like the record producers didn't really intend to take 90% of the profits from the star performers who just happened to be black.
This is one of the few books that is willing to take on this sordid piece of history in a truthful ,no holds barred ,call 'em as he sees 'em way.It is good reading if you seek the truth about the music industry the way it was....is.
Posted March 5, 2011
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