The Death of Rhythm and Blues

Nelson George - Author

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ISBN 9781101160671 | 256 pages | 15 Aug 2003 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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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 George’s 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.

The Death Of Rhythm & Blues Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Meditation on the Meaning of "Death"

Philosophy, Money, and Music (1900-30)

Dark Voices in the Night (1930-50)

The New Negro (1950-65)

Black Beauty, Black Confusion (1965-70)

Redemption Songs in the Age of Corporations (1971-75)

Crossover: The Death of Rhythm & Blues (1975-79)

Assimilation Triumphs, Retronuevo Rises (1980-87)


Photographs follow pages 80 and 144
“[George’s] reading of history is not only interdisciplin- ary, it has a musical score. . . . His accounts of the colorful characters who populate this uncharted realm are often informative and . . . delightful.” (The Washington Post Book World)

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