One of the most enduring songs of was Martha Reeves and the Vandellas: dancing in the street, an anthem for America. It is about the song of course but really much larger than that since the For those who are unfamiliar with the importance of the March on Washington 50 years ago, Mark Kurlansky's recent book makes for a good introduction to the civil rights movement and understanding why Mark Kurlansky.
Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America
Can a song change a nation? Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording--a precursor to disco, and a song about the joyousness of dance. By the summer, the sixties were in full swing. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, "Dancing in the Street" gained currency as an activist anthem. The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all changing as the country changed.
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Kurlansky has come up with a book that will make you hum its theme song. Journalistic skills might be part of a writer's survival kit, but they infrequently prove to be the foundation for literary success, as they have here. Kurlansky has a wonderful ear for the syntax and rhythm of the vernacular For all the seriousness of Kurlansky's cultural entanglements, it is nevertheless a delight to experience his sophisticated sense of play and, at times, his outright wicked sense of humor.
He lives in New York City.
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