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Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train: Classic Moments Paperback – August 1, 2013
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In her new book, Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show, Soul Train, author Ericka Blount Danois does more than a pop-chronology or even a look behind the scenes. She gets deeply into the history and sociology of a man and a media movement that reshaped how America looked at race, self-expression, and culture. --Huffington Post
Cornelius incredible rise and tragic fall is compellingly and comprehensively chronicled in Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America s Favorite Dance Show: Soul Train: Classic Moments (Backbeat Books, $24.99) by Baltimore-based music journalist Ericka Blount Danois. The author traces how Cornelius went from being a Korean War veteran and Chicago cop to a radio DJ who started a TV dance show in 1970 that featured local black teens. ''He had the swerve and nerve to take that show to Los Angeles, where it morphed into an international phenomenon. Soul Train came around at a time when America needed it the most,'' Danois writes. ''It exported great music around the world and the changed the culture.'' --Philadelphia Weekly
In ''Love Peace, and Soul''...Ericka Blount Danois takes on the challenge of documenting the complicated back story of ''Soul Train.'' She wonderfully addresses some of the show's most important -- and to often ignored -- aspects. Danois captures the voices and stories of the dancers, who were the heart of ''Soul Train'' but were rarely given a forum to tell their tales. --Chicago Tribune
In ''Love, Peace, and Soul,'' Ericka Blount Danois relives Soul Train s real meaning and retrieves Cornelius s true legacy with love, craft, and meticulous research. -- Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop
Don Cornelius was a champion of independent Black media and a real example of Black Power in the United States. With her brilliant new book, Ericka Blount Danois takes us behind the stage of the show and into the inner workings of the man who helped change America with the simple phrase ''Love, Peace and Soul.'' --Mark Anthony Neal, author of Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities
With deft reporting and flavorful insight, Love, Peace, and Soul is a ''stone cold gas'' as it goes down the Soul Train line, providing vivid context for one of the most important programs in the history of America television. Ericka Blount Danois is our travel guide as the book takes us on ''the hippest trip in America,'' documenting the influence and impact of a truly iconic cultural landmark. --Dr. Todd Boyd, the Katherine & Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture in the USC School of Cinematic Arts and author of ''The Notorious Ph.D's Guide to the Super Fly 70s''
Today, when hiphop is central to youth culture around the world, it s impossible to imagine a time when brilliant black music was confined to both literal and metaphorical ghettoes. Don Cornelius's show Soul Train blasted opened those doors for African-American artists and for a broader African-American aesthetic that included fashion and dancing. With ground-breaking research and lucid writing, Ericka Blount Danois has given Cornelius and Soul Train the treatment they deserve serious scholarship that is infectiously readable. --Samuel G. Freedman, author of Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course on Civil Rights
From the beginning of the post-civil rights seventies, the power of Soul Train refused to be containe ---Michael A. Gonzales has written about soul culture for Wax Poetics, Vibe, and New York
''Danois, a Baltimore-based journalist and academic, documents the ascent, simultaneously deconstructing the show's appeal and dishing backstage dirt with all-access appeal.'' --Baltimore Magazine, December 2013 issue
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I was greatly impressed with the amount of work that clearly went into the book - everything from histories on the dancers, producers, record execs, celebrities, hanger ons, Chicago scene, Los Angeles/Hollywood and more are all represented in stories, quips, and quotes. But at the same time, there are so many tenuous or loose threads that it felt the book lacked a strong chapter by chapter focus and it became hard at times to follow what related to what in the Soul Train universe. I wish there had been more structure rather than semi-connected threads. I would also have liked to see pictures or images - Soul Train was a graphic medium and there are so many names mentioned that I ended up just sitting at my computer with Google open.
Soul Train was definitely groundbreaking - for what it represents as well as its success despite the close minded or racist community in which it had to work at the time. The book does read very 'us vs them' - which I understand underlies just how amazing it was that a black-centered show succeeded but it also puts a very strong political agenda and subtext on an otherwise fascinating and well researched biography. As well, the books feels hesitant to put any kind of negative face on any of the characters, which again feels like a bias.
In all, I definitely recommend this book despite the reservations above. There is so much fascinating history presented.
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