Upside Your Head!: Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue (Music/Culture)

Upside Your Head!: Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue (Music/Culture)

Johnny Otis


mythical jazzman Johnny Otis has spent a life-time on the heart of L.A.'s black song scene as a composer, performer, manufacturer, d.j., activist, and preacher. His lively, anecdotal memoir, Upside Your Head! Rhythm and Blues on principal street, recollects the track, the good performers, and the colourful tradition of the district, in addition to the political and social forces -- together with virulent white racism -- that experience formed black existence in l. a.. Resonating with anger, poignancy, pleasure, and defiance, Upside Your Head! is a distinct rfile of the African-American musical and cultural experience.

Upside Your Head! remembers a 50-year profession whilst it kind of feels Otis both encountered, stumbled on, or played with each major determine within the early days of rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll, together with count number Basie, Esther Phillips, T-Bone Walker, monstrous Mama Thornton, and Lester younger. Drawing on dozens of vignettes, own photos, and hours of taped interviews from the preferred "Johnny Otis Show," Upside Your Head! deals a relocating tribute to the black group that gave start to L.A.'s rhythm and blues. His tales have fun the genuine roots in black tradition of a particular American tune whereas lamenting its eventual appropriation by means of the dominant white society.

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