The death of rhythm and blues

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The Death of Rhythm and Blues by Nelson George

From Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, The Get Down, this passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society. In a fast-paced narrative, Nelson Georges book chronicles the rise and fall of race music and its transformation into the R&B that eventually dominated the airwaves only to find itself diluted and submerged as crossover music.
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The Death of Rhythm & Blues

His accounts of the colorful characters who populate this uncharted realm are often informative and Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down, is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy , Billboard , Esquire , the Village Voice , Essence , and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films. From Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down," this passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society. Read more Read less. Review "George has uncovered a lot of fresh information, not just on the artists themselves, but on the booking agents, arrangers, and record men.

Examines the changing sound of rhythm and blues, from the electrifying music of such greats as Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin to current mainstream names like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and explores the reasons for this radical shift. His accounts of the colorful characters who populate this uncharted realm are often informative and Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down, is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy , Billboard , Esquire , the Village Voice , Essence , and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films. Convert currency. Add to Basket.

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Back to Book Reviews Back to Cercles. Reprint of the Pantheon edition]. Something died, writes Nelson George. Something that will perhaps be revived one day, but whose death signaled the end of an era for the black community. As a musical style, it emerged around the end of the s, synthesizing different black genres, such as blues, gospel, or swing, to which it gave an eminently danceable and propulsive feel. It characterized the attempt to move forward, the common desire "to achieve equality under the law, end overt and covert racism, and acquire firm power" [p. When some of these goals were partly achieved for a growing fraction of the black population, the forces that kept it together came apart and in the process something was lost.

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