Funk

The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One

Rickey Vincent; Foreword by George Clinton

St. Martin's Griffin

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Funk: It's the only musical genre ever to have transformed the nation into a throbbing army of bell-bottomed, hoop-earringed, rainbow-Afro'd warriors on the dance floor. Its rhythms and lyrics turned bleak urban realties inside out with distinctive, danceable, downright irresistable music.

Funk hasn't received the critical attention that rock, jazz, and the blues have-until now. Colorful, intelligent, and in-you-face, Rickey Vincent's Funk celebrates the songs, the musicians, the philosophy, and the meaning of funk. The book spans from the early work of James Brown (the Godfather of Funk) through today, covering funky soul (Stevie Wonder, the Temptations), so-called "black rock" (Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, the Isely Brothers), jazz-funk (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock), monster funk (Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band), naked funk (Rick James, Gap Band), disco-funk (Chic, K.C. and the Sunshine Band), funky pop (Kook & the Gang, Chaka Khan), P-Funk Hip Hop (Digital Underground, De La Soul), funk-sampling rap (Ice Cube, Dr. Dre), funk rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus), and more.

Funk tells a vital, vibrant history-the history of a uniquely American music born out of tradition and community, filled with energy, attitude, anger, hope, and an irrepressible spirit.

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"This book gives it up! A scholarly , entertaining treatise on an exceedingly worthwhile subject." --Paul Shaffer

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Rickey Vincent; Foreword by George Clinton

Rickey Vincent has written about music for Vibe, Mondo 2000, and elsewhere. An instructor at San Francisco State University, he is known among Bay Area funkateers as the Uhuru Maggot, thanks to his all-funk radio show on KPFA. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and son.

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Funk
The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One
Rickey Vincent; Foreword by George Clinton

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 1996
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312134990
ISBN10: 0312134991
6 1/3 x 8 1/3 inches, 400 pages, Includes 16 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations
$21.99
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