Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke
The triumph of the book is the vividness with which Peter Guralnick conveys the astonishing richness of the black America of this era--the drama, force, and feeling of the story.
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Peter Guralnick returns with his most powerful book ever--a
revealing portrait of one of America's greatest musical
artists, Sam Cooke.
One of the most influential singers and songwriters of all
time, Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music
and secular themes--the early foundation of soul music. He
was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed
to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled
his own business destiny. No biography has previously been
written that fully captures Sam Cooke's accomplishments,
the importance of his contribution to American music, the
drama that accompanied his rise in the early days of the
civil rights movement, and the mystery that surrounds his
Bestselling author Peter Guralnick tells this moving and
significant story, from Cooke's childhood as a choirboy to
an adulthood when he was anything but. With appearances by
Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Brown, Harry
Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Fidel Castro, The Beatles,
Sonny and Cher, Bob Dylan, and other central figures of
this explosive era, DREAM BOOGIE is a compelling depiction
of one man striving to achieve his vision despite all
obstacles--and an epic portrait of America during the
turbulent and hopeful 1950s and 1960s. The triumph of the
book is the vividness with which Peter Guralnick conveys
the astonishing richness of the black America of this era--
the drama, force, and feeling of the story.
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