The Nelson George Mixtape

Nelson George
Black music, black culture and America.
Created 28 May 2020
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  • THE MISTAKE OF USING DECADES AS MARKERS OF CULTURE
    11 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    I did an interview today for a documentary series about popular culture and politics in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s one of several single films or series I’ve been approached about or involved in about th...
  • THE FLY GIRL AND THE GANGSTA
    03 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    On October 31, around 3:30am on the corner of 147th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem, Alberto Martinez, better known in the streets of New York and the mythology of hip hop as Alpo, wa...
  • MACEO PARKER: 2% JAZZ, 98% FUNKY
    24 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    MACEO PARKER: “2% JAZZ, 98% FUNKY STUFF” Maceo Parker was a featured saxophone soloist on many of James Brown’s most important recordings in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, plus jams he cut with the Brown ba...
  • GREAT DEAL ON 'THE DARKEST HEARTS' AUDIO BOOK
    20 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    https://www.chirpbooks.com/audiobooks/the-darkest-hearts-by-nelson-george?fbclid=IwAR1cwIJAY8UdsotU4Js1KhlI8oZAyKy48nj2CE_7SNd3k1Pf7PwFiu6ZDRs Check on the link for details plus links to audio books o...
  • THE POP STAR AS BUSINESSPERSON
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Very few true artists can think as clearly about business as they do art. Many think they can, but very few do. It’s a delusion of this era that any and everybody excels at both. I use “true artist” t...
  • MY 1984 REVIEW OF THE 'PURPLE RAIN' TOUR
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    Following the massive superstar making success of Prince’s film ‘Purple Rain’ and the huge sales of the soundtrack, which was his sixth album on Warner Bros., he embarked on a massive arena tour. I’d ...
  • TEDDY PENDERGRASS tribute
    09 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    https://worldwidefm.net/episode/artform-radio-nelson-george-6 An hour of classic soul from the late singer from his days with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes to his many sexy solo hits. The former drum...
  • THE LIMITATIONS OF POP MUSIC GENIUS
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Lyrical philosopher Paul Simon once sang, “Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts.” This essay is mostly about three such heroes. Stevie Wonder is a genius. So was Ray Charles and Prince. Al...
  • 'THE DARKEST HEARTS' ON AUDIO
    29 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    The Darkest Hearts, publsihed last year by Akashic Books, is getting some new life as an audio book. If you have a library card you can use it to listen free using the apps below. If not you can hear ...
  • REMEMBERING LOFT JAZZ
    29 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    In 1977 I was a college student interning as a reporter at the Harlem based black weekly, the Amsterdam News. My goal was to learn as much as possible about reporting and figure out how to get my byli...
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