Party music : the inside story of the Black Panthers' band and how black power transformed soul music

by Vincent, Rickey,

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML421.L84 V56 2013
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  ML421.L84 V56 2013
Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 781.64 VIN
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
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Connecting the black music tradition with the black activist tradition, Party Music brings both into greater focus than ever before and reveals just how strongly the black power movement was felt on the streets of black America. Interviews reveal the never-before-heard story of the Black Panthers' R&B band the Lumpen and how five rank-and-file members performed popular music for revolutionaries. Beyond the mainstream civil rights movement that is typically discussed are the stories of the Black Panthers, the Black Arts Movement, the antiwar activism, and other radical movements that were central to the impulse that transformed black popular music--and created soul music.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "It's not common knowledge that the fiery Black Panthers organization had a rocking house band, the Lumpen, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but Vincent (Funk) sets the record straight in this book about a tight-knit group of activist musicians who sang their revolutionary ideology to the community. Although the band performed for less than a year, Vincent, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, stresses the important role of music in black culture at that time, with the Lumpen piggybacking on the triumphs of James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin, giving high-energy performances "of blackness, hyper-masculinity and hyperbole, of smack talk that put the Man in his place and exalted everything gloriously black." If this well-detailed book accurately chronicles the funky black power groove of the Panther band, it truly succeeds in recapturing the mood of that turbulent time when Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panther Party stole national attention with their bravado and purpose. Comprehensive, complex, and revealing, Vincent's nostalgic journey provides an insider's look at a remarkable band and a piercing snapshot of black history. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lumpen (Musical group)
Black Panther Party.
Rhythm and blues music -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Soul music -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Black power -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher Chicago :2013
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xvii, 414 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-361) and index.
ISBN 9781613744925 (trade paper)
1613744927 (trade paper)
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