Great Spirits: Portraits of Life-Changing World Music Artists

Great Spirits: Portraits of Life-Changing World Music Artists

by Randall Grass

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Great Spirits: Portraits of Life-Changing World Music Artists by Randall Grass

What do such artists as Bob Marley, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nina Simone, and Sun Ra have in common? All created uniquely powerful musical art that had a profound effect on their audiences. Through their music and their lives they became forces for liberation, challenging the established order and inspiring people around the world to look at life in new ways. So great was their originality that to a large extent they created their own musical genres, and listeners claim the music leads them to a higher state of being.

Great Spirits: Portraits of Life-Changing World Music Artists presents personal encounters with some of the most interesting and important musical artists of the past fifty years—Bob Marley, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Augustus Pablo, the Neville Brothers, Yabby You, and Nadia Gamal. Based on the author’s meetings and interviews with these giants, the pieces reveal the unique essence of each musician as a person, as an artist, and as a force for social change. Spanning the realms of jazz, blues, reggae, gospel, African, and Middle Eastern music, these artists epitomize musical creation at its highest level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604732405
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Randall Grass is a record executive, musician, and freelance writer. He has written about music for several periodicals, including the Village Voice, Spin Magazine, and the New York Times Book Review.

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