"Ward brings passion and an encyclopedic knowledge of R&B to bear in his account of Brown vs. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and the ebb and flow of economic and political clout within the Black community. . . . A densely textured and fascinating study."Susan McClary, author of Feminine Endings
"A highly original and imaginative history connecting African American popular music with corresponding developments in the Black freedom struggle. . . . Ward is particularly adept in his use of sources, combining a creative rendering of discography with ample use of archival material. . . . [Ward] forces the reader to think about the civil rights and Black power movements in new ways and offers keen insights for measuring the impact of the African American freedom struggle on both Black and white Americans."Steven Lawson, Stanford University
Scholarly but never dull, Brian Ward plots the evolving tensions, sexuality and spirituality which have made black music a consistently vital force. Fascinating.