Over the past twenty years, Fort Greene resident Nelson George, has established himself as a respected filmmaker and music & culture critic in New York City.
He is the author of Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound, The Death of Rhythm & Blues, Hip-Hop America, and the novel The Plot Against Hip-Hop, as well as the memoir of Brooklyn life City Kid. The Washington Post Book World calls him “The most accomplished black music critic of his generation.”
On Wednesday, March 26, at 7:00pm, Greenlight Bookstore and Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation will host at Restoration Plaza a discussion and book-signing of George’s latest book The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style, an authoritative narrative and oral history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture.
George tells the full story of this pop culture phenomenon that appealed not only to blacks, but to a wide crossover audience as well. Famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Barry White, and creator Don Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time—a period of extraordinary social and political change.
The book signing will be with guest Tyrone Proctor, one of the original Soul Train dancers, about the show’s legacy. The event is introduced by beloved award-winning actor Rosie Perez, author of the recent memoir Handbook for an Unpredictable Life – as a friend of Nelson George and a former Soul Train dancer herself, Perez brings warmth and perspective to the discussion. Book signing by Nelson George to follow.
Free and open to the public. Books will be sold at a special discount tonight only. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is located at 1368 Fulton Street (at Marcy Avenue) in Brooklyn.
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Check out our Face Time interview here, where Nelson George gives us a sneak-peak insight into his latest book project.