The much-anticipated paperback edition of Arthur Kempton's story on the art, influence, and commerce of Black American popular music
Praise for Boogaloo:
"From Thomas A. Dorsey and gospel to Sam Cooke and the classic age of boogaloo ('soul') to George Clinton and hip hop, this comprehensive analysis of African-American popular music is a deep and gorgeous meditation on its aesthetics and business."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard
"Surpassingly sympathetic and probing. . . . a panoramic critical survey of black popular music over seventy-five years. . . .There is no book quite like it."
-New York Review of Books
". . . moving, dense, and fascinating. . . ."
". . . a grand and sweeping survey of the history of soul music in America. . . . one of the best books of music journalism. . . ."
". . . a fascinating and often original addition to the extensive literature. . . . an astute and witty account. . . . there is plenty in Boogaloo to set the mind and heart alight, as well as some flashes of brilliance and originality rare in music writing today."
-Times Literary Supplement
… Kempton belongs to the embattled cadre that believes the black church has been disgracefully shortchanged by pop historiography in favor of blues and, ultimately, rock. One of "Boogaloo's" reasons for being is to right this wrong. Robert Christgau