The Beatles had landed in the U. In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger memorably recorded a version that premiered at Live Aid. I selected this book for a Black History Month book discussion program for a public library. This story was interesting, but the telling could have been better. His research on the h I received an advanced reades copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway contest. The reader will learn more about the history of Motown and the city of Detroit, and the history of the Civil Rights movement. It was a hectic and confusing time.
Yet, writer Mark Kurlansky in Ready for a Brand New Beat argues that this Motown record provides an important avenue through which to access the racial change sweeping America in the mid-1960s. I also think the recording of the text would have been greatly improved by snippets of the songs talked about. Det blir litt mye navn og slikt for meg, tar meg lang tid å lese slikt, men jeg lærte mye jeg ikke visste om blant annet Motown og Amerika. In the midst of this disappointment and conflict, however, music brought people of diverse backgrounds together in ways that had never occurred previously, and have seldom happened since. His sentences are often awkward and unclear.
Still, some fascinating stuff in it. I recommend this book for anyone who likes history and music. We loved Motown, not because it was political in an overt way like Dylan or Baez, but because the music was shared with our African American brothers and sisters. I find it a little weaker for two primary reasons. However I struggled with Kurlansky's premise in this book.
What made him think of using one of the 1960's R n B songs to take the reader through the history of Motown and the Civil Rights Movement? Det som er interessant med boken, er hvordan den binder sammen musikkindustrien med samfunnsforhold som økonomi og spesielt borgerrettsbevegelsen. The Beatles had landed in the U. I would have liked more evidence of the claim, which Kurlansky repeats unchallenged in this book, that riots broke out in the late 1950s when teenagers were sent into an uncontrollable destructive frenzy by rock and roll music. Eschewing interest in the family printing business, Barry Gordy, Jr. Kurlansky, nevertheless, notes that there was still a revolutionary element to the Motown hits of the early 1960s. Although I didn't know about Motown in as much detail as Kurlansky presents, I can't say that I found a lot of what he added that valuable and interesting.
The premise would have more been su Music and African American history are by far my two favorite subjects, so I enjoyed the book tremendously. Other than in Chapter 3, he brings little to the table that is not fairly well known to an audience that has a basic knowledge of Motown, Gordy and pop music development. By October, the song had reached the number two spot on the Top 100 chart, confirming its popularity among all audiences. Recognizing that whites constituted the larger market share which he hoped to tap, Gordy sought to take advantage of racial integration by having black artists record love songs that would appeal to white audiences. Kurlansky concludes that by the early 1960s rock music was in need of a fresh fusion of talent and energy. There are lots of interviews and quotes from artists of both colors, and it is eye-opening to hear the commentary and history.
By the summer, the sixties were in full swing. Since then I have read other books written or edited by him and I have enjoyed them all. Here is a revolution that happens from an evolution of mankind. The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all changing as the country changed. At the time Martin Luther King Jr. But, overall, it was a fascinating, well-researched homage to my favorite decade of music.
Even now there is no one way at listening to this particular song. At times, Kurlansky would veer off track with short asides that did not really support his current topic, and that was distracting to me. Mark Kurlansky born 7 December 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history. The Beatles had landed in the U. For that reason, I can't quite bring myself to give it four stars. Can a song change a nation? At times, Kurlansky would veer off track with short asides that did not really support his current topic, and that was distracting to me.
The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all changing as the country changed. It would work well as a text for the first half of my Black Music and American Cultural History course. Journalistic skills might be part of a writer's survival kit, but they infrequently prove to be the foundation for literary success, as they have here. Overall, I don't buy thesis, but it was a fun read. Like Kurlansky's other books I have read, this is a thoroughly enjoyable slice of history. By the summer, the sixties were in full swing.
This is a give away book. The summer of 1964 was the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. To be frank, it was complete overkill. Secondly, the last chapter is very personable but not very engaging. Living in a small town in Idaho, I was not a front row observer to the events that transpired, but even the culture I lived around was affected by the happenings of that time. I have read several reviews that indicated this story might have been told better in a shorter form. This rejuvenation of the rock scene was provided by the British invasion led by the Beatles and the emergence of Motown Records in Detroit -- a black-owned business with black artists targeting a white audience and modeled after the Booker T.
Thus, Gordy avoided songs of protest that might directly reference the civil rights movement. This is a man who has achieved renown penning histories about the world-changing properties of such humble subjects as salt and codfish. Since then I have read other books written or edited by him and I have enjoyed them all. He moved to Mexico in 1982 where he continued to do journalism. But all the narrative threads feel cut short. Original, exhilarating, and profoundly optimistic, Dancing in the Streets concludes that we are innately social beings, impelled almost instinctively to share our joy, and therefore able to envision, perhaps even create, a more peaceful future.