Party Music The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music

ISBN-10: 1613744927

ISBN-13: 9781613744925

Edition: 2013

Authors: Rickey Vincent, Boots Riley

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Examining the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s, this retrospective explores the relationship of soul music to the Black Power movement from the vantage point of the musicians and black revolutionaries themselves. The 1960s were a turbulent time for race relations in the United States, but no other area in the country epitomized the radical social change that was taking place more than the San Francisco Bay Area—the epicenter of the Black Panthers movement. This social history introduces fans of soul music and 20th century U.S. history enthusiasts to the Black Panthers' own band, the Lumpen, a group comprised of rank-and-file members of the Oakland, California-based party. During their year-long tenure, the Lumpen produced hard-driving rhythm-and-blues that asserted the revolutionary ideology of the Black Panthers. Through his rediscovery of the Lumpen, and based on new interviews with party and band members, author Rickey Vincent provides an insider’s account of black power politics and soul music aesthetics in an original narrative that reveals more detail about the Black Revolution than ever before.
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

David Gilbertis a political prisoner who appeared in the Academy Award–nominated filmThe Weather Underground. He is the author ofNo Surrenderand is in prison in Dannemora, New York.Boots Rileyis the former leader of the Coup, a music group declared “the best hip-hop act of the past decade” byBillboardmagazine. He formed a new group, Street Sweeper Social Club, with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. He lives in Oakland, California.

Introduction: "Revolution in the Air"
"Party Music": The Story of the Lumpen
"Power to the People": Bay Area Culture and the Rise of the Party
"The Lumpen Theme": James Brown, the Rhythm Revolution, and Black Power
"People Get Ready": Civil Rights, Soul Music, and Black Identity
"For Freedom": Cultural Nationalism and the Black Panther Party
"Bobby Must Be Set Free": Panther Power and Popular Culture
"Ol Pig Nixon": The Protest Music Tradition, Soul, and Black Power
"Revolution Is the Only Solution": Protest Music Today and the Legacy of the Lumpen
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