05 maggio 2012

Frutto di cinque anni di ricerca e raccolta di documenti audio e video, materiali scritti e iconografici, testimonianze dirette e interviste ai protagonisti, esce per Fantagraphics Books il libro di Pat Thomas sulle musiche e le culture afroamericane rivoluzionarie e radicali legate al movimento Black Power a cavallo tra gli anni sessanta e settanta: Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.
Scrive Thomas nell'introduzione: "In the 21st century, the word “revolution” has lost its edge. Advertisements tout a “revolution” in hair care or describe a “revolutionary” new automobile. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, when young whites spoke of revolution, they wanted to take “the establishment” down and stop the Vietnam War. For African-Americans, “revolution” meant the Black Panther Party or Black Nationalism. There were a number of  revolutions taking place, and none of them was going to make your hair smell terrific or provide a more comfortable driving experience. This book is about how Black Power influenced folk, rock, soul and jazz between 1965 and 1975, when musicians were viewed as revolutionaries and revolutionaries were considered pop culture icons. However, this book is not just about John Lennon hanging out with Bobby Seale and Mick Jagger recording a song about Angela Davis; it is a definitive catalog of Black Power related  recordings that I uncovered during five years of intensive research - a diverse collection of albums and singles, stray cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes and a handful of films that have been suppressed for decades. Music is the primary focus, but there are also speeches, interviews, poetry and even militant religious sermons."
Un'ampia presentazione del libro e l'intero primo capitolo sono disponibili in http://tinyurl.com/74sqfsq