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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.