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A touch of classic soul 2 : the late 1970s
Taylor, Marc.
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Publication Information:
Jamaica, N.Y. : Aloiv Pub., [2001]

Physical Description:
vi, 360 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
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Central Library ML400 .T392 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Sequels seldom match their predecessors in quality, except for Taylor's second set of short lives of 1970s soul music superstars. The Commodores, the Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Donna Summer, and Parliament/Funkadelic are among the luminaries limned, along with the Brothers Johnson, Natalie Cole, George Benson, the Trammps, and the less prolific Sister Sledge and Rose Royce. The chapters on the Isleys and George Clinton's P-Funk crisply detail the complex lineup changes and stylistic developments of those two often underestimated, long-haul purveyors of the irresistible backbeat. Taylor cites Clinton's and EWF's flamboyant performance presentations and celebrates Benson's silky smooth manner. He recalls born-again Christian Donna Summer's ambivalence about being marketed as "something of a sex goddess," though she "often performed with a machine blowing steam between her legs." Packed with detail, eminently readable, Taylor's second volume should satisfy Chaka Khan, whom he covers in the context of her erstwhile band, Rufus, for he "tell[s us] something good." --Mike Tribby

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