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George, Nelson

Works: 86 works in 419 publications in 4 languages and 20,438 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Fiction  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Comedy films  Music  Musical fiction  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Director, Author of screenplay, Editor, Performer, Producer, Scenarist, Other, Interviewee, Conceptor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Nelson George
Most widely held works by Nelson George
Hip hop America by Nelson George( Book )

35 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He looks at the motifs of violence and misogyny for which it is condemned, at the myths and realities of crossover, and at accusations that hip hop is merely the newest form of blaxploitation. George turns hip hop over and looks at it as a music, a style, a language, a business, a myth and a moral force, and when he's done it's clear why this book is not called The Death of Rhythm & Rap. Far from being the most marketable pathology in the world, as its critics have feared and sneered, hip hop has a dynamic energy and a message that plays directly across the map of the mainstream - which is why it has held its steady grip on American popular culture against all odds for over twenty years
Thriller : the musical life of Michael Jackson by Nelson George( )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thriller takes us back to a time in 1982 when Michael Jackson was king of the charts, breaking the color barrier on MTV, heralding the age of video, and becoming the ultimate representation of the crossover dreams of Motown's Berry Gordy, who helped launch Jackson's career with the Jackson 5
The death of rhythm & blues by Nelson George( Book )

37 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the changing sound of rhythm and blues, from the electrifying music of such greats as Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin to current mainstream names like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and explores the reasons for this radical shift
Good hair by Jeff Stilson( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comedian Chris Rock tackles the very personal issue of hair, and how attaining good hair can impact African Americans' activities, relationships, wallets, and a self-esteem. Engages in frank, funny conversations with haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as featuring interviews with Dr. Maya Angelou, Nia Long, Ice-T, Raven Symone, and more
Best music writing 2008 by Daphne Carr( )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,066 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year's finest writing on rock, hip-hop, jazz, pop, country and more
Where did our love go? : the rise & fall of the Motown sound by Nelson George( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the rise and fall of Motown Records while emphasizing the role of its dynamic founder, Berry Gordy Jr. First published in 1986, this classic work includes a new preface by Nelson George that identifies Motown's influence on young recorders and music moguls of today, including R. Kelly, D'Angelo, Sean Combs, and Russell Simmons. Gordy's uncanny instinct for finding extraordinary talent--whether performers, songwriters, musicians, or producers--yielded popular artists who include the Supremes, the Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson, the Miracles, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and Stevie Wonder. Not shy about depicting Gordy's sometimes manipulative and complex relationships with his artists, George reveals the inner workings of the music business and insightful material on the musicians who backed these stars. The large cache of resulting Motown melodies is still alive in commercials, movies, TV programs, and personal iPods today.--From back cover
Buppies, B-boys, Baps & Bohos : notes on post-soul Black culture by Nelson George( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Elevating the Game comes a volume of social commentary that rockets through the last two turbulent, audacious, angry, energetic decades of Black urban culture to form the definitive take on contemporary African American life. In Buppies, B-Boys, Baps & Bohos, Nelson George chronicles the saga of post-soul culture, which, he believes, hinges on the aesthetic metamorphosis of two important movements - hip hop music and Black film - and gives shape and voice to the four African American character types of the book's title that have emerged from the fallout of desegregation and have been crucial in redefining this country over the last twenty years. In this first collection of essays, George covers music, film, sports, publishing, politics, and city life uptown and down. He ponders the first unheralded dis-chords and gritty, aural graffiti of today's B-boy rappers, and the powerful message-laden music of Tracy Chapman; the thematic films of Spike Lee; the Brooklyn-beginnings of Willie Randolph; the novels of Toni Morrison; the Supreme Court appointment of Clarence Thomas; the politics of Al Sharpton; and much more. With moving personal strokes, he also paints everyday life in the Black community: the tragic and questionable murder of a promising Harlem youth by a white police officer; the issue of light versus dark skin; the indignities and humiliations experienced daily by Black men in today's society. Virtually every aspect of Black urban America is explored in these pages as he introduces roisterous rappers and legendary hoopsters, streetwise hustlers and influential filmmakers, unsung session men of the Motown sound and crack dealers. Few are better placed to sum up the last twenty charged years than Nelson George, who reports from the front lines of Black urban culture in his long-standing and widely-acclaimed Village Voice column, "Native Son," and whose sharp commentary has won him national recognition as one of the country's most insightful journalists on African American issues. The result of this richly rewarding body of work, written with snap and verve, is a thoughtful, incisive, critical history of the monumental changes and transitions in the era he dubs "Post-Soul Culture."
Blackface : reflections on African-Americans and the movies by Nelson George( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this bold new work, Nelson George turns a lifetime of movie-watching and an unexpected career in moviemaking into a book that looks at the African-American screen image from both a historical and a personal viewpoint. Blackface blends stories and anecdotes about the actual experiences of going to, being in, and making movies today with the sharply edged cultural criticism that has made George one of this country's most widely read and respected critics. As always, George explores new territory
The hippest trip in America : Soul Train and the evolution of culture and style by Nelson George( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R & B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of radio announcer Don Cornelius, the show's producer and host, Soul Train featured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Christine Aguilera and R. Kelly; Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block and Stevie Wonder. The Hippest Trip in America 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 Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time--a period of extraordinary social and political change. Colorful and pulsating, The Hippest Trip In America is a fascinating portrait of a revered cultural institution that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness"--Publisher's web site
A ballerina's tale by Nelson George( Visual )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame outmoded ballet culture stereotypes and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation
Post-soul nation : the explosive, contradictory, triumphant, and tragic 1980s as experienced by African Americans (previously known as Blacks and before that Negroes) by Nelson George( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social critic and author describes the splintering of African-American culture in the 1980s, examining the dichotomy between influential blacks and the rampant drug use and crime that ravaged once-vital black neighborhoods
Life support by Henry Singer( Visual )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ana is an HIV-positive woman and recovering junkie, taking care of a 9-year-old daughter and a husband who is also HIV-positive. While making the most of a local social services program in order to regain stability in her life, she also attempts to reunite with her estranged teenage daughter, living with Ana's mother
Life and Def : sex, drugs, money, and God by Russell Simmons( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simmons tells the story of the founding of Def Jam Records and his expansion into television, movies, clothing and more
The plot against hip hop : a novel by Nelson George( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Plot Against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work
Urban romance : a novel of New York in the '80s by Nelson George( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mutual attraction and philosophical clashes that give this big-city love story its energy and bite. In the tradition of Waiting to Exhale, Nelson George spins a provocative tale that examines male-female relationships and sexual mores with uninhibited freshness and originality
One woman short : a novel by Nelson George( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Rodney Hampton's best friend's marriage shakes his complacent bachelor lifestyle, Rodney sets out to make one of three former girlfriends that slipped away his wife
The accidental hunter : a novel by Nelson George( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first assignment is unusual. The second will set D Hunter in urgent pursuit of a mysterious entity that is kidnapping Top Forty hitmakers. Always cloaked in the color black, security specialist D Hunter lives on the periphery of the monied Manhattan nightlife. But he's the man people come to when they need help without the interference of the NYPD
Seduced : the life and times of a one-hit wonder by Nelson George( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aspiring black songwriter abandons his middle-class milieu for the world of black pop music in New York. A tale of frustrated gospel singers, rebellious rap groups and shark-like record company executives. By the author of Urban Romance
Stop the violence : overcoming self destruction by Nelson George( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book tells about the Stop the Violence Movement-- an unprecedented effort by young rap stars and music industry colleagues to stop the violence at rap concerts and in their communities. The book contains lyrics, statements by the rappers, eye-opening statistics, letters from young people about their experiences of black-on-black crime, and the story of the Stop the Violence Movement itself"--Half-title page
What is hip-hop? by Eric Morse( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guided tour of hip-hop, with 3-D clay illustrations
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Hip hop America
Thriller : the musical life of Michael JacksonThe death of rhythm & bluesBest music writing 2008Where did our love go? : the rise & fall of the Motown soundBuppies, B-boys, Baps & Bohos : notes on post-soul Black cultureBlackface : reflections on African-Americans and the moviesPost-soul nation : the explosive, contradictory, triumphant, and tragic 1980s as experienced by African Americans (previously known as Blacks and before that Negroes)Life and Def : sex, drugs, money, and God
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George, Nelson

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Нельсон Джордж

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