Keep On Pushing: Curtis Mayfield
Chris Salewicz, Face, The, 1985
They were still calling it race music when Curtis Mayfield started singing in the late 50s. An influential and innovative artist, Mayfield gave a stirring call to rising ghetto militancy and went on to create a unique body of work, strong in polemic, subtle in mood, sublime in its musical sophistication — yet all but drowned in the onslaught of the disco sound that he helped to shape. What can humble genius do except keep on keeping on?
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