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About the Author

As a producer, Pat Thomas has reissued recordings by Allen Ginsberg, Eugene McDaniels, Watts Prophets, and Black Panther Elaine Brown. His music writing has appeared in Mojo, Crawdaddy, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has lectured at San Francisco State University and Evergreen State College. He lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James R. Tracy on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Latin origin of the word "radical" is radix -- meaning the from, or of the root. By this measure, Pat Thomas' Listen Whitey! The Sights of Sounds of Black Power is a deeply radical work. As a coffee table size book full of graphics and sharp observations, the book captures the very tempo behind the rhetoric and controversies of the 1960s. The tempo behind the rhetoric and demands of the moment had its own root -- the project of reclaiming stolen human dignity. There's few things more radical than that and few better vehicles for it than the music this book celebrates.

As a work of history, Listen Whitey! will likely do much to familiarize a new generation to the histories of the Black Panther Movement, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and other pillars of the movement. Thomas, as a Music Historian, is uniquely positioned to communicate the politics here in a fresh, non-dogmatic language. Don't be surprised if after reading his book, you feel a burning desire to pump your fist in the air, fight the power, start a breakfast program for kids, or burn it all down. This is powerful stuff, respectfully written. It's a revolution you can dance to, literally. Listen Whitey also comes with its own soundtrack, sold separately.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2012
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very well written and alot information and the message is always needed especially in the sadly just recent tragedy of Treyvon Martin. i enjoyed all the segements of the book and really hit home. the Black Panthers did alot of important things that don't hardly ever get its full due. appreciate this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. K. thomas on March 25, 2012
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I find the book very well written and very informative. The section on Martin L. King is especially informative.
It is interesting to learn of all the good work the Panthers accomplished and the misconceptions about what they were trying to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacco on June 29, 2013
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This book has been written with great love for the subject. Really fascinating if you're interested in the ties between the black power movement and the music. This book focusses very much on the more obscure releases. There is a section about the more mainstream releases but that is nowhere near complete. A lot of those mainstream releases are not really hard to obtain so for the cratediggers this is an absolute must. Because of the lack of focus on the mainstream this isn't the be all and end all on black power music, but it allmost is. This book amazes on almost every page. The only sad thing aboput this is, is that the described music is hard (or even impossible) to obtain. If you read that the author is excited about a song or poem you of coarse wanna hear it. and that is not always possible. The CD that goes along with this book contains only a 16 songs so that's nowhere near enough. Oh well, respect tot the author. This was an amazing read!!
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