Excellently written book on the enre I keep it for reference I feel really disappointed in this book I had been looking for a book like this and when I came across it I was really excited and looking forward to it Sadly I ve made it a third of the way and
i m iving up it just really sucks m iving up It just really sucks author tries desperately to define or describe what funk is but frankly it s one of those words or concepts that really defies adeuate definition and the author s fumbling around displays THAT ADDITIONALLY THERE SEEMED TO BE Additionally there seemed to be lot of unnecessary redundancy and most annoying I found it boring as hell Now since I m stopping a third of the way through it s certainly possible the book improves and I hope so But I m not Jimmy: The Terrorist going to devote what little precious time I have to a book that bores me and I think sucks when I have hundreds of better books to read and that I am currently reading Waste of time Not recommended If anyone knows of other books on funk I d appreciate any recommendations so thanks I now have a very long list of music I want to listen to a 1996 book detailing the history of funk music from the perspective of auy who had been living with this stuff for a couple decades at least when he wrote the book Do I How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar go with flaws first or the praise parts He desperately needed an editor to avoid repetition he has a fannish enthusiasm thatets 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 More scary stories for sleep-overs good in this regard he skips over the downward spiral of Sly Stone s life and other problems with musicians and worst of all for me he spends way too much time insulting disco music But myoodness the scope of this book is terrific he does a reat job of placing funk in an ongoing story of African. FUNK It's the only musical enre 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 until now Colorful intelligent and in you fa.
Rickey Vincent ´ 2 CharactersIt s not an incredibly well written book though stylistically it hovers uncomfortably between a serious piece of musicalcultural writing and a throwaway hype driven magazine article
THERE S A LOT OF FLOWERYs a lot of flowery and in some parts it seems to lose a sense of direction Content wise it s lacking in direct input from original
PRACTITIONERS AND DOESN T GO INTO AS MUCH DEPTHand doesn t Heads of the Colored People go into as much depth I would have liked on the actual music itselfAnother mild peeve for me is the occasionally militant attitude of the author an African American towards race issues in the US and the contribution of white musicians to funk music uotes like Unfortunately any time white musicianset into a black thang things can et messy here describing white scottish funksters Average White Band seem to diminish unfairly the contribution of non black musicians to funk music And as a white boy confronted with this residual bitterness you can t help but echo Ben Folds sentiment in Rockin The Suburbs because my reat reat reat randaddy made someone s reat reat reat randaddy his slave it wasn t my ideaNevertheless short comings aside it is essential reading for noobs to the enre like myselfA couple of interesting factoids that I learned in the discussion of rap and hip hop music towards the end1 Part of the riff to Tone Loc s Wild Thing is actually a sample of Van Halen s Jamie s Crying 2 Rage Against The Machine s Renegades of Funk is actually a brilliant cover of a rap song by Afrika Bambaataa from 1983 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 FUNKY. Naked funk Rick James Gap Band disco funk Chic KC and the Sunshine Band funky pop Kool the Gang Chaka Khan P Funk Hip Hop Digital Underground De La Soul funk sampling rap Ice Cube Dr Dre funk rock Red Hot Chili Peppers Primus and Funk tells a vital vibrant history the history of a uniuely American music born out of tradition and community filled with energy attitude anger hope and an irrepressible spiri. American popular music from jazz and blues to hip hop he covers
virtually every funky record from the 70s and even the early 80severy funky record from the 70s and even the early 80s neatly divides the story into short eras which make perfect sense and he makes
Me Want To Listen To A Lotwant to listen to a lot music both long familiar and overlooked in two words the bomba ood investigation of historicalsocio political lot music both long familiar and overlooked in two words the bomba ood investigation of historicalsocio political as they are interpreted and negotiated through artin this case The FunkThere s nothing that the proper attitude won t render funkable The Funk stretches beyond words and Rickey Vincent would be the first to admit this This book Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome gives a the history of FUNK by examining the music the people and the socialcultural 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 theenre and has iven the world a necessary reference Funk is undefinable in how it effects the soul still credit is due to the spirit and execution of this artformway of lifePS Rickey Vincent oes in depth on behalf of the whole P Funk phenomena and its influence upon all sentient life Only Johnny Terry s review on Debbie Reynolds could come close to what Vincent offers George Clinton company in terms of appreciation and honesty People in the world s are acting ridiculous ring to be serious What we need to do is First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery get serious aboutetting ridiculous Patrick Sledhicket NorwoodThat elusive All American notion of unity amid diversity is embodied by The Funk An interesting read for anyone who wants to learn about the history of funk music and its major artists Worth noting is the excellent discography which I found very useful as a uide to delving further into the funk universe. Ce Rickey Vincent's Funk celebrates the songs the musicians the philosophy and the meaning of funk The book spans from the early work of James Brown the Godfather of Funk through today covering funky soul Stevie Wonder the Temptations so called black rock Jimi Hendrix Sly and the Family Stone the Isely Brothers jazz funk Miles Davis Herbie Hancock monster funk Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy's Rubber Band.