Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On

Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On

by Miles Marshall Lewis
     
 

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The story behind the making of the album that signaled the descent of Sylvester Sly Stone Stewart into a haze of drug addiction and delirium is captivating enough for the cinema. In the spacious attic of a Beverly Hills mansion belonging to John and Michelle Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas) during the fall of 1970, Sly Stone began recording his follow-up to…  See more details below

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The story behind the making of the album that signaled the descent of Sylvester Sly Stone Stewart into a haze of drug addiction and delirium is captivating enough for the cinema. In the spacious attic of a Beverly Hills mansion belonging to John and Michelle Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas) during the fall of 1970, Sly Stone began recording his follow-up to 1969's "Stand!" the most popular album of his band's career.

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Pitchfork Nate Patrin

Miles Marshall Lewis's absolutely essential 33 1/3 on Riot tells a good part of the story--the disillusioned national mood after the Death of the Sixties, Sly's post-Woodstock ambivalence towards the fame he once craved, and his sonic turn towards introversion and quietude that manifested in muffled vocals and a restrained drum machine in place of Greg Errico's thunderous backbeat.
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“Miles Marshall Lewis's absolutely essential 33 1/3 on Riot tells a good part of the story—the disillusioned national mood after the Death of the Sixties, Sly's post-Woodstock ambivalence towards the fame he once craved, and his sonic turn towards introversion and quietude that manifested in muffled vocals and a restrained drum machine in place of Greg Errico's thunderous backbeat.” —Nate Patrin, Pitchfork

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441151513
Publisher:
BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
Publication date:
02/25/2006
Series:
33 1/3 Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
142
File size:
2 MB

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Miles Marshall Lewis is founder and editor of Bronx Biannual, the journal of hip-hop literature. He has contributed to The Believer, Dazed & Confused, The Village Voice and many other publications. Lewis is author of Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don't Have Bruises, a memoir. He currently lives in Paris, at work on The Noir Album: On Life in Multicultural Paris, due next year.

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