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The Resource Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America, Mark Kurlansky

Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America, Mark Kurlansky

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Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America
Title
Ready for a brand new beat
Title remainder
how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America
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Mark Kurlansky
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Language
eng
Summary
Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote "Dancing in the Street." The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas, with lead singer Martha Reeves arranging her own vocals. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording--a precursor to disco, and a song about the joyousness of dance. But events overtook it, and the song became one of the icons of American pop culture. The Beatles had landed in the U.S. in early 1964. By the summer, the sixties were in full swing. The summer of 1964 was the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, "Dancing in the Street" gained currency as an activist anthem. The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all changing as the country changed. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, "Ready for a Brand New Beat "chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history
Summary
Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote "Dancing in the Street." The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording, but events overtook it, and the song became one of the icons of American pop culture
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10177627
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BT
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Kurlansky, Mark
Dewey number
323.1196
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Vandellas (Musical group).
  • Music
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights movements
Target audience
adult
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how "Dancing in the Street" became the anthem for a changing America
Label
Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America, Mark Kurlansky
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-252) and index
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volume
Content category
text
Contents
Introduction: calling out around the world -- Are you ready? -- A brand new beat -- Summer's here -- The time is right for dancing in the street -- It doesn't matter what you wear -- Acknowledgments: as long as you are there -- Appendix one: Timeline of the summer of '64 -- Appendix two: The discography of the song -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
000050947379
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 263 pages
Isbn
9781594487224
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America, Mark Kurlansky
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
Introduction: calling out around the world -- Are you ready? -- A brand new beat -- Summer's here -- The time is right for dancing in the street -- It doesn't matter what you wear -- Acknowledgments: as long as you are there -- Appendix one: Timeline of the summer of '64 -- Appendix two: The discography of the song -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
000050947379
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxi, 263 pages
Isbn
9781594487224
Other physical details
illustrations

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