A Critical History of Soul Train on Television by Christopher P. Lehman

By Christopher P. Lehman

As a wildly well known neighborhood dance convey, Soul Train supplied a venue for Chicago’s soul singers and political activists and gave African American little ones their first major likelihood to work out and determine with their friends on tv. the next nationwide sequence garnered much more recognition, constructing manufacturer and host Don Cornelius as some of the most profitable pioneers of African American tv creation. This paintings discusses Cornelius’s function within the evolution of his groundbreaking sequence from a small, all-black Seventies tv exhibit to a profitable model identify making use of not just to this system, but in addition to awards and diverse item within the current day.
the 1st chapters concentrate on Cornelius’s years in Chicago and the preliminary launching of Soul Train in 1970. the subsequent chapters discover how the nationally televised, California-based model of the express rose gradually in either recognition and cultural impact between essentially African American audience, and the way Cornelius himself grew to become a emerging superstar in the course of that point. the ultimate chapters illustrate Cornelius’s efforts in branching out past the dance exhibit via quite a few music-related enterprise ventures, together with the Soul teach track Awards. The paintings comprises interviews with a number of former forged individuals and visitors, besides an entire chronology of the sequence and Cornelius’s different expert ventures.

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