ML Liebler presents a special Detroit Tonight Live from the Jazz Cafe (350 Madison, Detrot 48226) at Music Hall in downtown Detroit featuring author Pat Thomas discussing his new book Listen Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-75 on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 7:00pm-9:30pm, with special guests: poets Diane DeCillis & Dawn McDuffie plus fiction writer Brian Smith along with The Good Shepherd Poetry Blues Band. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of Book Beat. For more information or to reserve a copy of the book, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
Noted music producer and scholar Pat Thomas spent five years in Oakland, CA researching Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975. While befriending members of the Black Panther Party, Thomas discovered rare recordings of speeches, interviews, and music by noted activists Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Elaine Brown, The Lumpen and many others that form the framework of this definitive retrospective. Listen, Whitey! also chronicles the forgotten history of Motown Records.
Other sections focus on Black Consciousness poetry (from the likes of Jayne Cortez, wife of Ornette Coleman), inspired religious recordings that infused god and Black Nationalism, obscure regional and privately pressed Black Power 7-inch soul singles from across America. 90,000 words of text are accompanied by over 250 large sized, full-color reproductions of album covers and 45 rpm singles — most of which readers will have never seen before.
For more info on the book and author, visit their blog here