Rhythm for Sale

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by Grant Harper Reid

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ISBN-13: 9780615678283
Publisher: Dr. Grant Harper Reid
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Dr. Grant Harper Reid attended and graduated from Bard College with a Degree in the Arts where he studied editing at Beatle John Lennon's apartment. Grant then went on to study at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Ossie Davis' New Cinema Artists Institute.

Three significant events primed Grant for his biography about his entertainment grandfather. A year after he was born an Apollo Theater manager requested baby Grant's services to be the News Years Baby with entertainer Jackie Wilson dancing him out on stage in his arms. In 1969 at 16 years old Grant met, photographed and hung out with Jimi Hendrix as he played a benefit in Harlem. In 1978 at age 25 Grant cast Michael Jackson in a Motown/Commodores documentary filmed in Madison Sq. Garden.

Grant Reid worked in various thankless capacities in the entertainment industry throughout the decades. Grant labored primarily on major motion pictures, music videos, television production's and commercials securing and supporting locations. In the record industry, Reid worked in the promotional departments supporting a variety of major musical artists.

One fateful day Grant accidentally stumbled upon a Harlem Renaissance book in a local Harlem library. The book mentioned his grandfather theatrical producer Leonard Harper. This event changed Reid's life forever as he dropped everything to learn as much about one of the most prolific producer/director's who ever lived during Harlem's famous Jazz Age.

Reid now shares all that he has learned in this Grand Prize 5-Star Award Winning biography.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite The main protagonist of Rhythm for Sale, Leonard Harper, is a talented African-American born in an era of discrimination and of a blossoming entertainment industry to which he was drawn. He was the son of a poor singer from Burmingham, Alabama. He learned the art of soft shoe dancing, a type of tap dancing popular during those years. In almost no time, he had become a master of his craft, going on his own at the age of 16 in New York, even working with greats such as Louis Armstrong. Despite white people ripping him and other African-American counterparts of their work and earnings, he was able to do many performances and shows and, through his hard work, was also able to stage the much-lauded African-American Broadway show Hot Chocolates in 1929. Rhythm For Sale, written by his grandson, Grant Harper Reid is his story.  Grant Harper Reid’s debut book is a fascinating look at the dazzling Harlem Renaissance that was the backdrop to the life of his grandfather, Leonard Harper, a known figure among history buffs and dance and theater enthusiasts. Leonard Harper was not only a gifted performer, he also contributed much to the Harlem Renaissance as a choreographer and stage director so that even to this day others look up to him and his works. Those wanting to learn more of this wonderful era of dance and theater history will realize they have a marvelous find in Rhythm for Sale. The author's writing style is highly descriptive and entertaining and his book not only tells of his grandfather's exploits as a performer – we also get to see his personal life, rife with affairs as well as exciting characters from gangsters to burlesque dancers in the nightclubs. This is a book every performer should read.