Keep on Pushing
Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-Hop
By Denise Sullivan
Lawrence Hill Books, Paperback, 9781556528170, 248pp.
Publication Date: July 2011
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"A pleasing survey of soul music, from Lead Belly to Johnny Otis to Michael Franti to Louis Farrakhan . . . Sullivan offers a welcome exploration of how African-American popular music became America’s vernacular." —Kirkus Reviews
"Sullivan . . . combines impressive research and wide-ranging interviews in a multilayered narrative about the power of music within black liberation, civil rights, antiwar, and gender-related movements . . . This is for anyone interested in a thorough analysis of music as a commanding force in change as well as a continually evolving artistic presence." Library Journal
"Reaching as well into the areas of punk rock, reggae, and finally hip-hop, Keep On Pushing admirably points out numerous key developments and connections throughout a vital, revolutionary element of popular music." Under the Radar
Denise Sullivan . . . makes political history come alive by framing it through a series of seminal musical moments. Whether she’s detailing how Nina Simone wrote Mississippi Goddam’ in response to a bombing, or when she’s outlining how the Blank Panthers rewrote Louie Louie’ with their own lyrics, her sweeping narrative adds much to the discourse on this overlooked part of music history.” Charles R. Cross, author of Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
“[A] terrific book. . .[Denise Sullivan's] assertions on progressive aspects of hip-hop are fundamental for anyone pursuing that cause in any form of text.” — Chris Estey, KEXP.org
"Great book [. . .] Go get it.” —ChuckD, @MrChuckD