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Hey America! The Epic Story of Black Music and the White House (HARDBACK) - Stuart Cosgrove.

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Hey America! The Epic Story of Black Music and the White House (HARDBACK) - Stuart Cosgrove.

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From Penderyn Music Book Prize winner Stuart Cosgrove, Hey, America! is the story of how black music came from the margins of American life in the early twentieth century through to the mainstream under Barack Obama’s presidency and then was mobilised as a force for radical opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency. Embedded in the story is the triumph of black music over the many forces that had held it back – racism, segregation, undercapitalised record labels, media discrimination and political anxiety.

Opening with President Obama’s tribute to Prince, Stuart Cosgrove takes us through the spat between Louis Armstrong and President Eisenhower, Eartha Kitt’s encounter with Lady Bird Johnson, the Vietnam War’s influence on soul, James Brown’s flirtation with Nixon, the impact of Hurricane Katrina, Ice-T’s ‘Cop Killer’ scandal, Public Enemy and the rise of hip-hop, the Washington Wives versus ‘porn rock’, and many, many others. The book concludes with the dramatic stand-off between Trump and the Black Lives Matter movement (368 pages, hardback, 800g, new).


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