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Chapter Week 10

MUSC 2150 Chapter Notes - Chapter Week 10: Dance Craze, Roosevelt Island, Bunny Wailer


Department
Music
Course Code
MUSC 2150
Professor
Shannon Carter
Chapter
Week 10

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Week 10 Notes
Funk and Fusions (Text page 335-352) 329-344
Black Pop in the 1970s
-Sly and the Family Stone: Sly Crosses Over
it is difficult to exaggerate the influence of Sly and the Family Stone on the course
of black pop at the end of the 1960s
with the 1971 album There’s a Riot Goin' On, the bands music began to adopt a
more militant stance, at times focusing on racial and political issues
-In Sly’s Wake: Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang and Earth, Wind and Fire
the funk element of the Family Stone’s music paved the way for many dance-
oriented African American groups in the early 1970s
Ohio Players released a series of singles without much commercial success, in
1973 their song “Funky Worm” hit number one on the rhythm and blues charts,
followed by lots of number one albums
Kool and the Gang was also influenced by Sly - developed their music skills in
Jersey
-emerged as a crossover act in 1973 with the album Wild and Peacful
-Both the Ohio Players and Kool and the Gang built on Sly’s blending of funky
rhythms and catchy vocals
-The Rock Connection: Tower of Power and War
Tower of Power was also part of the Bay Area hippie scene - celebrated for its hard-
driving funk grooves and high caliber horn section
-Motown in the 1970s:
Motown was quick to absorb the changes in black pop that characterized the late
1960s
lots of emerging new groups
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