By Craig Werner

". . . terribly far-reaching. . . . hugely accessible."
-Notes

"No one has written this manner approximately track in an extended, very long time. Lucid, insightful, with genuine religious, political, highbrow, and emotional grab of the total photograph. A ebook approximately why song issues, and the way, and to whom."
-Dave Marsh, writer of Louie, Louie and Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story

"This publication is urgently wanted: a entire examine a number of the different types of black well known song, either as song and as obvious in a bigger social context. not anyone can do that greater than Craig Werner."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the arts, Harvard University

"[Werner has] mastered the tremendous tough paintings of writing approximately track as either a cultured and social strength that conveys, implies, symbolizes, and represents rules in addition to emotion, yet with out decreasing its complexities and ambiguities to only didactic categories."
-African American Review

A swap Is Gonna Come is the tale of greater than 4 many years of tremendously influential black song, from the hopeful, offended refrains of the liberty circulation, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million guy March; from Woodstock's "Summer of Love" to the struggle in Vietnam and the race riots that encouraged Marvin Gaye to put in writing "What's Going On."

Originally released in 1998, A swap Is Gonna Come drew the eye of students and common readers alike. This new version, that includes 4 new and up-to-date chapters, will reintroduce Werner's seminal research of black song to a brand new iteration of readers.

Craig Werner is Professor of Afro-American reports on the collage of Wisconsin, and writer of many books, together with Playing the alterations: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse and Up round the Bend: An Oral background of Creedence Clearwater Revival. His newest e-book is Higher flooring: Stevie ask yourself, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the increase and Fall of yank Soul.

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Bobby Wood and Stan Kesler, with some justification, nominate a different work—Bobby’s solo album for Joy Records, done at the Phillips studio on Madison and released in late 1964. “Even Chips was there for that one,” recalled Kesler. ” Chips’s most successful composition up to that point, “This Time,” also appeared on the album. ” Kesler recalled the rest of the lineup. ” “Tommy played second guitar,” Bobby Wood added, “and Emmons was there for some of it” (although the organist did not recall).

Frank was in the front seat, asleep. I went through the windshield. I was out of it till about three days later. The whole right side of my face was destroyed. I lost my eye. There was some question about whether I would recover, because my brain was swollen. But seven or eight days later, I went home. The insurance company paid for me and my girlfriend and my father to take a private plane back to Memphis. ” Back in Memphis, “I just laid around and recouped. I had to go and get fitted for a glass eye.

The album was done following the release of a hit single, Stan Kesler’s composition “If I’m a Fool for Loving You” (reportedly Vernon Presley’s favorite song). “This was a big pop record in several cities,” Bobby Wood noted. “I think in Cleveland it was number one for about eight weeks. ” He went on several grueling rounds of one-nighters to support his hit. “In Cleveland I had my clothes tore off me,” he recounted. “The teenagers were comin’ after me with scissors and stuff. ” The tours were exhausting.

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