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There's a Riot Goin' On (33⅓ #32)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Sly Stone began recording "There's a Riot Goin' On" in late 1970 as a
follow-up to the commercially successful "Stand!" In this brisk,
inventive book, Miles Marshall Lewis chronicle Sly's descent into a haze
of drug addiction and delirium as he rejects the successful formula -
"Dance to the Medley, dance to the shmedley" - and creates one of the
most powerful and haunting album
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Paperback, 132 pages
Published March 15th 2006 by Continuum (first published February 25th 2006)
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Andrew Guthrie
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
The evolution of the 33 1/3 series says a lot about the current position of pop music within society as a whole. Started by an academic publisher, the series became a market place "hit" attracting so many wannabe writer/fans that part of their savvy promotion strategy is to solicit proposals for the continuing series.

I have noted that in other Goodread's reviews of this and other books from this series that reviewers often complain about #1: the poor writing style of any given author and/or #2:
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Marc Alan
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody in particular
Shelves: topshelf
If you read this skip right to page 69. I should have just bought a used sly biography while I was at the Strand but I wanted to try out one of these 33 1/3 things. Basically it starts with some stupid hypothetical discussion between a dad and his son that bored the crap out of me, which is followed by a history of sly and the band up until riot that was a waste of my time.

The song by song analysis in the "what's going on?" section was actually a fun read along with listening to the album. Ther
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Jeremy Hermann
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
A perfect blend of musical critique and biography. Pop culture critic and music journalist Miles Marshall Lewis goes into detail about the story behind the making of the album that signaled the descent of Sylvester Sly Stone Stewart into a haze of drug addiction and paranoia, along with how the album was a heavy influence on what lead to the birth of hip-hop sampling.
Nathan
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Afrika Bambatta
Shelves: 33-1-3-series
This book was interesting for awhile, but I guess I just couldn't really relate to the subject matter as a whole since I'm not a huge Sly fan. There's some interesting work in the book though, particularly the first 16 pages, although they don't seem to tie in, ultimately. Not a bad book, just not my favorite.
Jon
Jul 23, 2011 added it
I could have done without the Prince comparisons (in fact, I could do without Prince) but this is an above-average entry in this series, even including the lyrics so you can find out what Sly was really saying.
Jamison Spencer
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great 33 1/3. This one tells the story of the records leading up too this one, then dissects this one track by track. There's a lot of attention paid to how Sly Stone fits into the larger picture of jazz and hip hop and rock.
Justin
Aug 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any fans of the band
Shelves: music
A good look of one of Sly's major works. I was a little surprised at the proportion of space dedicated to career overview vs. this one album, but it was still a compelling read, esp. since I had never gone into that much detail for the group's bio/recording history.
Adrian
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
full of a lot of fun information, but the facts are disjointed at best and fail to form any sort of narrative.
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