The Hippest Trip in America

The Hippest Trip in America

Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style

Book - 2014
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"When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of radio announcer Don Cornelius, the show's producer and host, Soul Train featured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Christine Aguilera and R. Kelly; Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block and Stevie Wonder. The Hippest Trip in America tells the full story of this pop culture phenomenon that appealed not only to blacks, but to a wide crossover audience as well. Famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Barry White, and Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time--a period of extraordinary social and political change. Colorful and pulsating, The Hippest Trip In America is a fascinating portrait of a revered cultural institution that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness"--Publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Company, 2014
Edition: First ed
ISBN: 9780062221032
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 Geor
Characteristics: xiii, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 07, 2016

This book proves that Soul Train was much better at bringing the new music of the day to a wide variety of audiences including overseas. "Don" Cornelius and company were even better at this than the much lauded "American Banstand". Interesting. enlightening read.


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