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Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One

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FUNK: It's the only musical genre ever to have transformed the nation into a throbbing army of bell-bottomed, hoop-earringed, rainbow-Afro'd warriors on the dance floor. Its rhythms and lyrics turned bleak urban realties inside out with distinctive, danceable, downright irresistable music.

Funk hasn't received the critical attention that rock, jazz, and the blues have-unti

Paperback, 375 pages
Published April 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 1996)
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Sep 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: music lovers - fans of P Funk
The Funk stretches beyond words and Rickey Vincent would be the first to admit this. This book gives a/the history of FUNK by examining the music, the people and the social/cultural impact. Indeed, much research went into the construction of this book, but one cannot dismiss the fact that this book was written by a fanatic of the Funk. At times the book is afrocentric and self-indulgent, however Vincent has a sincere adoration for the genre and has given the world a necessary reference. Funk is ...more
Oct 26, 2010 rated it liked it
An interesting read for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of funk music and its major artists. Worth noting is the excellent discography which I found very useful as a guide to delving further into the funk universe.

It's not an incredibly well-written book though: stylistically, it hovers uncomfortably between a serious piece of musical/cultural writing and a throwaway hype-driven magazine article. There's a lot of flowery waffle and in some parts it seems to lose a sense of direc
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
a 1996 book detailing the history of funk music from the perspective of a guy who had been living with this stuff for a couple decades at least when he wrote the book. Do I go with flaws first or the praise parts? He desperately needed an editor to avoid repetition, he has a fannish enthusiasm that gets a little old over the course of a book, he only rarely does much to actually describe what's happening in the music (though his chapter on James Brown is very good in this regard), he skips over ...more
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Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was published in 1996 and deals with funk music and black consciousness in the USA up until 1995. I can't help wondering if the author had written this twenty years on would he have reached the same conclusions. A fascinating read though I am not sure the way the author arranged his chapters was entirely helpful.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
in two words, the bomb...a good investigation of historical/socio-political concerns as they are interpreted and negotiated through this case, The Funk....

"...There's nothing that the proper attitude won't render funkable..."
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The primary source for much of my undergraduate thesis...which Mr. Vincent was kind enough to review personally!
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
If your a Pfunk lover, Funk lover, or just curious about the genre, this is the book to read, pretty much one stop reading. Very informative.
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feel the funk! funk dynasties from the 1960s -1990s! the funk family tree! get it! get into it!
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
you could replace the word "funk" with "the Force" and it could be a book about Star Wars. The Suggested Listening section is a crucial component of this book.
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