The Death of Rhythm and Blues

The Death of Rhythm and Blues

4.02 (176 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?


From Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down," this passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society. In a fast-paced narrative, Nelson George's book chronicles the rise and fall of "race music" and its transformation into the R&B that eventually dominated the airwaves only to find itself diluted and submerged as crossover music.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0142004081
  • 9780142004081
  • 488,510

Review quote

aGeorge has uncovered a lot of fresh information, not just on the artists themselves, but on the booking agents, arrangers, and record men.a ("Newsweek") a[Georgeas] reading of history is not only interdisciplin- ary, it has a musical score. . . . His accounts of the colorful characters who populate this uncharted realm are often informative and . . . delightful.a ("The Washington Post Book World")
show more

About Nelson George

Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down, is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, the Village Voice, Essence, and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.
show more

Table of contents

The Death Of Rhythm & BluesAcknowledgments
Introduction: A Meditation on the Meaning of "Death"
Philosophy, Money, and Music (1900-30)
Dark Voices in the Night (1930-50)
The New Negro (1950-65)
Black Beauty, Black Confusion (1965-70)
Redemption Songs in the Age of Corporations (1971-75)
Crossover: The Death of Rhythm & Blues (1975-79)
Assimilation Triumphs, Retronuevo Rises (1980-87)
Photographs follow pages 80 and 144
show more

Rating details

176 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 30% (53)
4 45% (80)
3 22% (39)
2 2% (3)
1 1% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X