“Souled American: How Black Music Transformed White Culture”

by Kevin Phinney

Very interesting online discussion about his book and black music in America.

The book actually began as a five-part series first published in 1985
in the Austin American-Statesman. I noticed that black-inflected pop
was sneaking back onto the pop charts for the first time since the
demise of disco in the late 1970s.  Such albums as “Thriller,” “Private
Dancer,” “Purple Rain” and Lionel Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down” were
becoming big crossover hits, while white artists ranging from the
English Culture Club to American acts like Hall & Oates were becoming
enormous successes, all practicing some variant of rhythm and blues.

I felt called to write the book because to my way of thinking, music
is perhaps the best form of communication, because at its best, it
completely bypasses the parts of our brains that like to judge.

Go to http://www.well.com/conf/inkwell.vue/ and read “A Conversation with Kevin Phinney”.

There’s also another post to read about the Chambers Brothers at

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