Funk: It's the only musical genre ever to have transformed the nation into a throbbing army of bell-bottomed, hoop-earringed, rainbow-Afro'd warriors on the dance floor. Its rhythms and lyrics turned bleak urban realties inside out with distinctive, danceable, downright irresistable music.
Funk hasn't received the critical attention that rock, jazz, and the blues have-until now. Colorful, intelligent, and in-you-face, Rickey Vincent's Funk celebrates the songs, the musicians, the philosophy, and the meaning of funk. The book spans from the early work of James Brown (the Godfather of Funk) through today, covering funky soul (Stevie Wonder, the Temptations), so-called "black rock" (Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, the Isely Brothers), jazz-funk (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock), monster funk (Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band), naked funk (Rick James, Gap Band), disco-funk (Chic, K.C. and the Sunshine Band), funky pop (Kook & the Gang, Chaka Khan), P-Funk Hip Hop (Digital Underground, De La Soul), funk-sampling rap (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre), funk rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus), and more.
Funk tells a vital, vibrant history-the history of a uniquely American music born out of tradition and community, filled with energy, attitude, anger, hope, and an irrepressible spirit.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.54(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.18(d)|
About the Author
Rickey Vincent has written about music for Vibe, Mondo 2000, and elsewhere. An instructor at San Francisco State University, he is known among Bay Area funkateers as the Uhuru Maggot, thanks to his all-funk radio show on KPFA. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is where any student of music, music theory, or the world in general will find a paradigm to apply to all instances when one can't quite articulate a sensation. Understanding that funk is an essence that almost all people can relate to, makes for an optimistic approach to understanding the whole human race. Ricky is a sweet, soft-spoken man whose subtlety in manner complements his style of plain speaking on the page. The discography is essential (and I probably got a little carried away there...)really the book is the most complete volume one can have if you're interested at all in this genre.
I met Ricky Vincent, in 1977, through a mutual friend, when he had every groove of every Funkadelic and Parliament album memorized. He would use those records to make tapes that cut between grooves and told stories. Hanging out in the same place was Jimmy Drake who went on to found Digital Underground. This is the one man I truly trust to give musical comment, advise or education in an industry inundated by late-school wanna-be's. If you read it here, you best believe he knows it. I think it should be required reading in school.It is real knowledge for anyone remotely interested in the 'Sociology' of Funk.