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Nelson George: The Death of Rhythm & Blues (Omnibus)

Barney Hoskyns, Wire, The, 1987

NELSON GEORGE, self-described "B-Boy intellectual" and one of pop culture's few black writers of note, has written a book which (sort of) argues that the rhythm & blues tradition in black America is dead. Even he admits this sounds a little drastic but makes no apology for his tone.

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