Keep On Pushing by Denise Sullivan
Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-hop

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Author Denise Sullivan explores the bond between music and social change and traces the evolution of protest music over the past five decades. The marriage of music and social change didn't originate with the civil rights and black power movements of the 1950s and 1960s, but never before had the relationship between the two been so dynamic. Black music altered the road to liberation for minorities, sparking creativity and resulting in a genre-encompassing poetry, jazz, folk, and rock along with a new brand of prideful and political soul and funk. Through extensive research and exclusive interviews with musician-activists such as Yoko Ono, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, this chronicle details the struggle that went into the creation of liberation music. A bittersweet narrative covering more than 50 years of fighting oppression through song, Keep On Pushing defines the soundtrack to revolution and the price paid to create it.

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Denise Sullivan is a freelance writer and an online columnist for Crawdaddy!--the first U.S. magazine to cover rock music in the 1960s through a social and political lens. She is the author of three previous music titles, including The White Stripes: Sweethearts of the Blues.
Published July 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 265 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Here, Sullivan’s subtitle does not serve her well, for more than survey the role of music in the civil-rights movement—itself a more adequate term than “black power,” even lowercase—Sullivan capably shows how black music fed into white music and white music fed back into the black source.

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Keep On Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-Hop examines the relationship between song and struggle since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, with African American musical art and activism serving as the template for successive developments in music and grassroots politics.

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