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...Sly & the Family Stone played a key role in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelia during the 1960s and 1970s. The group was also one of the first major American bands to have both a race- and gender-integrated line-up. Sly &...

Terry Lewis

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...Best known for his production work with partner Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis revolutionized popular R & B through the 1980s and 1990s. Born in Nebraska in 1956, Lewis attended college in Minneapolis, where he met Jimmy Jam and formed Flyte Time...

Snoop Dogg

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...Snoop Dogg is a prolific American rapper and hip-hop artist and producer, but he has also expanded his career into producing and starring in films as well as making occasional appearances on TV. He is known for frequently collaborating...
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...Though Talking Heads is generally classified as post-punk or new wave, the band experimented with several genres. Talking Heads was critically acclaimed during the 1980s for their pioneering of new wave music as well as their clever lyrics....
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...Despite being born blind, Stevie Wonder established himself first as a child prodigy and later as a pioneer in the R & B genre. Throughout his career, Wonder has continuously produced hits and is considered to be one of the most successful...

James Brown's Live at the Apollo

Douglas Wolk

Douglas Wolk writes about music. His work appears regularly in The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Slate, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and many other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

33 1/3 Books

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...In this remarkable book, Douglas Wolk brings to life an October evening in 1962, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem – an evening at the height of Cold War tensions. In great detail, Wolk pieces together what took place (and what was recorded...

Funkees

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...Despite a short career, the Afro-rock group the Funkees helped to establish a global audience for Nigerian music. The group was formed initially as an army band during the Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970), when Igbo nationalist interests...

Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life

Zeth Lundy

Zeth Lundy is Music Columns Editor at the online magazine Popmatters. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...Like all double albums, Songs in the Key of Life is imperfect but audacious. If its titular concern - life - doesn’t exactly allow for rigid focus, it’s still a fiercely inspired collection of songs and one of the definitive soul records...

Prince

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...With his flamboyant presence and pioneering of R & B and funk pop music, Prince (briefly known as “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince” during the 1990s) was one of the biggest innovators of music during the 1970s and 1980s, on par...
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...When Ornette Coleman codified one stream of avant-garde jazz into the free-jazz movement, he let loose a new form of expression within the idiom. Born in Texas in 1930, Coleman performed in his high school band until improvisation led...