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 Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Styleby Nelson George
Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African Americans and the fashions and sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of Don Cornelius, who was the show's producer and host for decades, Soul Train featured a diverse/em>/em>… See more details below
Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African Americans and the fashions and sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of Don Cornelius, who was the show's producer and host for decades, Soul Train featured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Gladys Knight and R. Kelly; from Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block, Stevie Wonder, and the Beastie Boys.
From acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, The Hippest Trip in America tells the full story of this legendary pop-culture phenomenon. A landmark program in black music and culture, Soul Train presented a positive image of black America—for black America—and became destination television every Saturday. Here famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Barry White, and Don Cornelius himself all share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time—a period of extraordinary social and political change.
The Hippest Trip in America is a vivid and vital portrait of a revered cultural institution that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness.
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