Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation

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Overview

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.

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In 1971, when WCIU hired Chicago disc jockey Don Cornelius to bring his traveling record hop caravan to television, no one imagined that over the next 35 years Soul Train would change the face of American pop culture. From its inauspicious beginnings, this low-budget African American variety show quickly attracted a large crossover audience and national sponsors. As music critic Nelson George notes, the reasons are almost self-evident: The dancing was original and appealing, and with guests like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder, the show opened new vistas for millions of viewers. With narrative, insights, and interviews, George's The Hippest Trip in America places this path-finding show within the contexts of its time.

The New York Times Book Review - Rosemary Bray McNatt
…Questlove writes with a fan's passion…[he] has written a coming-of-age story with Soul Train as his muse and first love. His detailed, nearly obsessive knowledge of each episode allows him to isolate those shows with particular meaning for him, and permits us to glimpse his formative years growing up within a family of musicians…[a] delightful picture-laden book…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062320292
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 583,998
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet 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.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    If you were a fan of Soul Train - This book is for you...

    Having grown up watching every Saturday with eager anticipation of who was going to be on and what dances would be done, this book took me back. I also own the DVD box set. Questlove did an outstanding job at writing down the history as well as his own personal memories. It is a era that will not return. It is memories and the book is a great piece to have when reminiscing.

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