Boogaloo. The Quintessence of American Popular Music - Arthur Kempton
Boogaloo is a meditation on the art, influence, and commerce of black American popular music. Arthur Kempton reveals the tensions between the sacred and the profane at the heart of "soul music," and the complex centrality of "Aframericans" in the evolution of our mass musical culture. What that culture is all about, who owns it, and who gets paid--these are issues of moment in his epic narrative. Kempton traces the interconnections among a century's worth of signal personalities, events, and achievements: from Thomas A. Dorsey, the so-called Father of Gospel Music, whose career sheds light on Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown, among others, to the rise of Sam Cooke and his definitive crossover dreams; from Berry Gordy Jr.'s infatuation with Doris Day and his sharp business plan to capture and exploit the sounds of young America through Motown to the founding of Stax Records and Memphis Soul by a white farm kid who grew up dreaming of being a country fiddler; from the visionary funk of George Clinton to the ascendancy of hip hop, the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, and the story of Death Row Records (Hardcover, new).