The next show will air on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This installment of the program will feature an interview with Rickey Vincent, author of Funk: The Music, the People, and the Rhythm of the One discussing his latest book, Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers’ Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. You can hear a short preview of the show below.
Party Music by Rickey Vincent, is an exploration of the intersection of Black Power and Soul Music. Party Music features the story of the Black Panther Party’s own funk band The Lumpen. Vincent takes us into the Oakland based Black Panther Party in 1970, in which Minister of Culture Emory Douglas and Panther Party leaders had asked their rank-and-file members to produce a high performance band that could play the beats on the street and reach the people on the dancefloor – with the Party’s message of revolution.
In addition to the story of The Lumpen, Party Music goes in-depth into the Black Power Movement and explores the many ways that Soul and Black Power overlapped and converged during that turbulent time.
In this show, we’ll explore Vincent’s book and the fascinating story of a band that most people have never heard of and make connections to other popular music of late 1960s and early 70s that provided inspiration for The Lumpen. We promise that it’s gonna be a funky good time!
Show engineered and edited by Joyce Jones. Produced and hosted by Joyce Jones and Hank Williams. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
Listen to The Lumpen’s song “Free Bobby Now”, which was released as a 45 single.