Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Since his writing career began over a decade ago, Fort Greene resident Nelson George — author of numerous books, including “Where Did Our Love Go? The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound,” and “City Kid,” a memoir of his Brooklyn upbringing — has established himself as a powerhouse in the realm of urban literature.
His newest book, “The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style” is an authoritative narrative and oral history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture. As part of Greenlight Bookstore's event series, the author will appear at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration on March 26 at a book launch event, in conversation with “Soul Train” dancer Tyrone Procter. Beloved actress Rosie Perez, also a Brooklynite and former “Soul Train” dancer, will offer her insights through an introduction.
In “The Hippest Trip in America,” George tells the full story of this pop culture phenomenon that appealed not only to blacks, but to a wide crossover audience as well. Famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Barry White, and creator Don Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time—a period of extraordinary social and political change.
A book signing will follow the discussion.
The March 26 event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public (RSVP is requested: http://restorationplaza.org/calendar/ngp2014). Books will be sold at a discounted price. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is located at 1368 Fulton Street (at Marcy Avenue).