Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' on (33 1/3) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$11.84
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $3.11 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' on (33 1/3) Paperback – February 25, 2006


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$11.84
$8.53 $3.99

Frequently Bought Together

Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' on (33 1/3) + I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone
Price for both: $21.82

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Series: 33 1/3 (Book 32)
  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (February 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826417442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826417442
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

'a heartfelt insight...informed and impassioned....But it's his ability to make sense of this album's cocktail of crushed optimism and acrimonious revolt that makes this volume so impressive.'
Mojo, Stevie Chick, 01/10/2006
(Stevie Chick Mojo)

'a heartfelt insight...informed and impassioned....But it's his ability to make sense of this album's cocktail of crushed optimism and acrimonious revolt that makes this volume so impressive.'
Mojo, Stevie Chick, 01/10/2006
(Sanford Lakoff Mojo)

About the Author

Miles Marshall Lewis is founder and editor of Bronx Biannual, the journal of hip-hop literature. He has contributed to The Believer, Dazed &Confused, The Village Voice and many other publications. Lewis is author of Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don't Have Bruises, a memoir. He currently lives in Paris, at work on The Noir Album: On Life in Multicultural Paris, due next year.

More About the Author

Miles Marshall Lewis is a recognized pop culture critic, essayist, literary editor, fiction writer, and music journalist, with a B.A. degree in sociology from Morehouse College. He is the author of the essay collection Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don't Have Bruises, concerning coming of age in the Bronx under the aegis of hip-hop culture at its genesis. He is also the series editor and founder of Bronx Biannual, an urbane urban literary journal of fiction and essays, and author of There's a Riot Goin' On, a book on the making of the seminal 1971 Sly and the Family Stone album of the same name.

During the past twelve years, he has written for The Nation, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The Believer, Spin, L.A. Weekly, Essence, and many other publications. He served as the music editor of Vibe, deputy editor of XXL, literary editor of Russell Simmons's Oneworld, deputy editor of BET.com, and a contributing writer for The Source during the 1990s. His interview with the late Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson is anthologized in The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers alongside Joan Didion, Zadie Smith and Dave Eggers, and his fiction has been published in the upcoming Bronx Noir, Wanderlust, Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract, Oneworld, Rap Pages, and Uptown.

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
2
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Lund on May 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
If not manual, then perhaps liner notes. THERE'S A RIOT GOIN' ON (1971) is one of those paradigm-shifting albums of which there is a before and after, musically speaking. Although the book has 117 pages of text -- lyrics take up the remainder of the 132 page paperback -- Miles Marshall Lewis actually doesn't begin discussing the album's tracks until page 86. That leaves a lot of space to set up the scenario for the album, mixing musical achievements, biographical info, and even gossip into a concise yet informative background study of Sly & The Family Stone. While some of the biographical details are sensationalistic (drugs blah blah blah more drugs), hopefully they won't obscure the brilliance of the group's music.

The album itself is examined in detail, including an attempt to separate fact from fiction in regard to the personnel. For one, it turns out that all or part of the Family Stone is missing from much of the album, with Sly often playing the parts himself (or using such guests as Bobby Womack). The book gets into the details, but suffice to say that the original lineup of S&TFS came to an end at this point in time. Although there's probably more to the story that is known at this time, the author does a good job of detailing the album sessions, attempting to decipher the lyrics, and pointing out many of the ways that the album influenced pop culture. Perhaps one indication of the albums' importance regarding Sly's career is that eight of the cuts were lifted for the 2-CD THE ESSENTIAL SLY & THE FAMILY STONE. The book does have a few errors, and I disagree with some of the author's opinions (for one, I think HIGH ON YOU from 1975 is an excellent, highly-underrated album). Still, this book is recommended to anyone who wants more info about Sly and the album RIOT.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By matthewslaughter on March 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Miles Marshall Lewis tackles the challenge of writing about Sly and the Family Stone's infamous fifth album "There's a Riot Goin' On" (1971) in a very personable way. By presenting a presumably semi-autobiographical conversation between him (nee Ploot Parsley) and his long-ago scenester father when he was fifteen about Sly and the Family Stone, we get a sense of what Sly meant to his listeners, particularly the African American community. Lewis's approach is not academically tangential, a la Greil Marcus, or one of hero-worship (like so many other rock critics), but one that is grounded in the contradictory realities that Sylvester Stewart presented to his listeners -- an optimistic musical genius whose descent into drug abuse and the whirlwind trappings of fame rendered him null and void, a gloomy reflection of the paranoid times in which he lived.

Lewis's chronology of Sly and the Family Stone is fairly boilerplate, often interrupted by references HIGHLIGHTING Afrika Bambaataa, Puff Daddy, Prince, Andre 3000 and De La Soul instead of Sly, which can get tedious. But once Lewis gets into the album, his analysis is fairly convincing. I even smiled when he redeemed one of my favorite tracks on the album, "Spaced Cowboy," which is usually dismissed as the least effective track on the album.

The only weakness of Lewis's book is that he points out the flaws of this album, but never really gets around to saying why this album is as important as it is, warts and all. Can a record be flawed and masterful at the same time? He never really tackles this question of aesthetic sensibility head on. Sure, this book doesn't shed any new light on the crazy days and nights spent making this album, but it does mostly account for it's challenging appeal after all these years.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. Thompson on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Riot is one of my favorite records, and there has been very good articles about the chaoic making of this seminal LP. This is not one of them, in fact I think this one is a piece of garbage.

The writer usually uses artists from today to a-historically connect the dots between a product of the early 70s and a product of the late 90s using passages like "Unlike the self-taught Diddy's sampling production for his early hits by the likes of Mary J Blidge, Sly had...." Please tell me what sense juxtaposing these two people makes at all as at the time of "There's a Riot Goin On" Sean Puffy Combs was 2 years old, and Mary J Blidge was barely born as well. Ugh, this writer always does this too. It is always the "Badu-ness" of this, the author making some imaginary link between Riot and LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" or even the connection Sly has to Hip Hop via Freddy "Rerun" Berry on What's Happening. They must have paid this author by the word.

As a reader, I know it was a seminal record or I wouldn't have bought the stinkin' book off the internet. So talk about the record, don't just blather on about Music and Social History you don't really know then lift all your relevant information from other already published texts.

In the end, the writer lifts 80% of his informative information from the For The Record series by Dave Marsh. If you want to know about this record find the Marsh text that actually covers the entire arch of the band front to back or at least, find the Mojo article (which also draws heavily from the Marsh text, but is fairly hip about it).

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?