Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train: The Classic Moments

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(Book). Love, Peace, and Soul tells the story of the television phenomenon known as Soul Train , a show created in the land of bell bottoms, afros, and soul power; a show that became the touchstone of the Baby Boomer generation. Don Cornelius, host and owner of the show, was one of the coolest cats on television. With his platform shoes, wide neckties, and mellifluous voice, he showed the world just how corny American Bandstand was in comparison. In 2012, fans were shocked to hear one of the most powerful men in the music and television business

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(Book). Love, Peace, and Soul tells the story of the television phenomenon known as Soul Train , a show created in the land of bell bottoms, afros, and soul power; a show that became the touchstone of the Baby Boomer generation. Don Cornelius, host and owner of the show, was one of the coolest cats on television. With his platform shoes, wide neckties, and mellifluous voice, he showed the world just how corny American Bandstand was in comparison. In 2012, fans were shocked to hear one of the most powerful men in the music and television business took his own life. Love, Peace, and Soul is a celebratory, behind-the-scenes collection of anecdotes, stories, and reflections, from the people who were there, about the host, the show, and the power of black music and dance on television. Music and television connoisseurs will enjoy the history of not just Soul Train , but of other shows, including Shindig! , Don Kirshner's Rock Concert , Hullabaloo , American Bandstand , and Graffiti Rock . Entrepreneurs will be interested in Cornelius' humble beginnings with the local version of the show in Chicago, created with his own money. Fans will delight in the lively images and the quirky details. The first mass market book on Soul Train since Cornelius's passing, this volume has something for everyone. Includes afterword by Gary Harris.

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Library Journal
12/01/2013
Though there have been several recent books about the fabled TV show Soul Train (ST), in particular Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson's Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation, Danois delves deeper by providing an in-depth biography of its creator, Don Cornelius (1936–2012). A multitude of former ST executives, crew, and dancers were interviewed, contributing their perspectives on both Cornelius and the show that had a profound influence not just on African Americans but on a nation of eager young music and dance fans. Cornelius's dream of bringing a hip, black version of American Bandstand to a national audience became a phenomenon that encouraged people of color to take pride in who they were. Because of him, radio stations began to play more black music and more black performers received national exposure. Danois explains how Cornelius had to keep reinventing the look of ST to keep up with changing music and dance tastes and to combat new competitive shows from cable stations such as MTV and BET. VERDICT A must-read for music, dance, and pop culture enthusiasts. This is a slice of American history that will delight former ST viewers and educate millennials about its groundbreaking significance.—Richard Dickey, Lib. of Congress, Washington, DC
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  • ISBN-13: 9781480341012
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 606,370
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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