Author Appearance: Nelson George Promoting, “The Hippest Trip in America”

When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of radio announcer Don Cornelius, the show’s producer and host, Soul Trainfeatured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Christine Aguilera and R. Kelly; Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block and Stevie Wonder.

The Hippest Trip in America 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 Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time—a period of extraordinary social and political change. Colorful and pulsating, The Hippest Trip In America is a fascinating portrait of a revered cultural institution that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness.

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Appearances

Wednesday, March 26
7:00 PM  GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE Bed Stuy Restoration 1368 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11216
Wednesday, April 02
07:00 PM  BOOK SOUP 8818 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90069
Thursday, April 03
07:00 PM ESO WON BOOKS 4331 Degnan Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tuesday, April 15
07:00 PM BRIC HOUSE/Stoop Series

 

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