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Issue No. 1969

The album cover

The album cover

“Music can reflect political movements. That was true of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when soul and funk became the voice of the civil rights and Black Power movements. Black and Proud charts the music of this period.

“The Black Panthers and Malcolm X created a movement so powerful that even mainstream artists such as Marvin Gaye and the Temptations produced political records.

“Included on this CD is the track ‘You’re the Man’ by Marvin Gaye, about his growing frustration with the limitations of the civil rights movement and despair at the Vietnam War.

“There are also the inspiring ‘Ghetto Child’ by Curtis Mayfield, ‘James Brown’ by Ghetto Reality and ‘Get Involved’ by George Soule. Several songs are an open calls to revolution, none more powerful than Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’.”

From the Socialist Worker review of Black and Proud.

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SW Appeal
Sat 24 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1969
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