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"Great book...Go get it."  --Chuck D of Public Enemy, @MrChuckD

"A pleasing survey of soul music, from Lead Belly to Johnny Otis to Michael Franti to Louis Farrakhan . . . Sullivan offers a welcome exploration of how African-American popular music became America’s vernacular." —Kirkus Reviews


"Sullivan . . . combines impressive research and wide-ranging interviews in a multilayered narrative about the power of music within black liberation, civil rights, antiwar, and gender-related movements . . . This is for anyone interested in a thorough analysis of music as a commanding force in change as well as a continually evolving artistic presence." —Library Journal


"Reaching as well into the areas of punk rock, reggae, and finally hip-hop, Keep On Pushing admirably points out numerous key developments and connections throughout a vital, revolutionary element of popular music." —Under the Radar


“Denise Sullivan . . . makes political history come alive by framing it through a series of seminal musical moments. Whether she’s detailing how Nina Simone wrote ‘Mississippi Goddam’ in response to a bombing, or when she’s outlining how the Blank Panthers rewrote ‘Louie Louie’ with their own lyrics, her sweeping narrative adds much to the discourse on this overlooked part of music history.” —Charles R. Cross, author of Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix



“[A] terrific book. . .[Denise Sullivan's] assertions on progressive aspects of hip-hop are fundamental for anyone pursuing that cause in any form of text.” — Chris Estey, KEXP.org

"Great book [. . .]  Go get it.” —ChuckD, @MrChuckD

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"Denise Sullivan...makes political history come alive by framing it through a series of seminal musical movements...her sweeping narrative adds much to the discourse on this overlooked part of music history."  --Charles R. Cross, author of Room Full of Mirrors:  A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556528175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556528170
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denise Sullivan is an American music journalist, historian, and author of visionary music biographies like Shaman's Blues: The Art and Influences Behind Jim Morrison and the Doors, as well as the critically acclaimed music-history book, Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip Hop. Kirkus Reviews calls it "A welcome exploration of how African American popular music became America's vernacular."

A California-based freelance writer since 1991, from 2007-2011 she was a columnist and features writer for the online incarnation of Crawdaddy! the first US rock magazine to cover the music through a social and political lens in the 1960s. Sullivan first began writing music journalism for her high school newspaper in Cupertino, California. A media studies graduate of the University of San Francisco, she was a founding staff member of radio station KUSF. After working several jobs in the music industry, from DJ and publicist, to marketing manager and touring with bands, she brought her unique insider perspective to music journalism. She has lived in San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles, and has contributed to newspapers, books, magazines and web resources, from The San Francisco Chronicle and The All Music Guide, to Rolling Stone. Her books include The White Stripes: Sweethearts of the Blues, R.E.M. Talk About The Passion, and Rip It Up! Rock'n'Roll Rulebreakers. Shaman's Blues: The Art and Influences Behind Jim Morrison and the Doors (Sumach-Red, 2014) is her fifth music title.

"Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock n roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style." --Pop Matters, 2012

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By suzeesg on October 24, 2011
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Fascinating and informative look at the music of protest, rooted in slavery and still incredibly relevant, and needed, today. The timeliness of this book struck me - when so many are in desperate economic straits and are finally making themselves heard over the din of corporate lobbyists. Lots of information here - a must for any follower of music.
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This was an interesting read. I bought this because i'm digging deep into civil rights related music. This book has a lot of insightful information. The book focusses however on a lot more than that. A better title in my opinion would have been something like "human rights and music" since it also focusses on music related to gay-rights, female rights and anti-war protestmusic. Besides that there's a lot of attention for non-blackmusic like punkrock (especially a lot on MC5), folkmusic (from Guthrie to Lennon). From the cover it looks like it handles on black-music only. Nonetheless this was an interesting read. It's more a sociological study on the subjects than a who's who in human rightsmusic. I'm already familiair with a lot of music on these subjects so there weren't a lot of new discoveries for me here, but it's nice to see a lot of already known music to be placed in it's historical context.
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