Search Results: "Nelson George"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST TREASURES OF R&B by Nelson George
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Real relationships and real talk frame the mashup of mysteries in George's street-framed series (The Plot Against Hip Hop, 2011, etc.), though the fast talk and multiple plots often prevent either the protagonist or the reader from fully understanding what's going on."
Returned to Brooklyn after years in Manhattan, a bodyguard works overtime to protect his rapper charge while also doing his best to save his own skin. Read full book review >

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THRILLER by Nelson George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 2010

"A worthy postmortem tribute that admirably avoids both easy sensationalism and knee-jerk sentimentalism."
A sympathetic revisiting of the King of Pop's rich musical legacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2009

"Uneven but frequently engrossing."
George (The Accidental Hunter, 2005, etc.) chronicles his progression from an impoverished childhood to an accomplished career as a music journalist, novelist and filmmaker, with many stops along the way. Read full book review >

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URBAN ROMANCE by Nelson George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 1994

"Even with a colorful behind-the-scenes depiction of the birth of rap, this is unleavened urbania, beyond the ability of a vibrant black culture to bring to life."
Buppies and b-boys bring the full weight of their lifestyles to bear in this desperately dull fiction debut from screenwriter and critic George (Elevating the Game, 1992; The Death of Rhythm and Blues, 1988, etc.), squashing their characters flat in the process. Read full book review >

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SHOW & TELL by Nelson George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A weird whiff of the '60s and scarcely a trace of irony or wit. Cross Austin Powers with Shaft and you've got this unappealing hero"
Ultra-cool black urban professional discovers that sex isn't everything, in a fourth novel by George, better known as a music journalist (Hip Hop America, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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SEDUCED by Nelson George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1996

"Sweet, raunchy, and, when the author doesn't flinch, genuinely arresting."
Tom Jones meets Waiting to Exhale against a backdrop of the black music business: a wildly uneven examination of the dissonances within black American culture. Read full book review >

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ONE WOMAN SHORT by Nelson George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"George's meandering but engaging story gets bite from its sly observations of the emerging black middle class, and color from the delightfully discordant supporting characters: Where else but L.A. can a blustering male porn star meet his match in a plucky Kinko's photocopier?"
Breezy, cleverly assured coming-of-age tale about a savvy, unmarried Los Angeles buppie who explores his bed-hopping past. Read full book review >

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ELEVATING THE GAME by Nelson George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A sharp, bold, on-the-money appraisal of an underexamined phenomenon. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The role played by blacks in basketball has evolved, according to this resolute and profoundly perceptive history, from blacks' depiction ``as clowns, role models, and threats to its survival [to], ultimately, the game's very soul.'' George (The Death of Rhythm and Blues, 1988; Where Did Our Love Go?, 1985) traces the history of African-Americans in the sport from 1916, with the founding of the first black intercollegiate conference, through the renowned Harlem Rens of the 1920's and on to the schoolyards and projects of the inner cities and the modern era of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. Read full book review >

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TO FUNK AND DIE IN LA  by Nelson George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Skip the mystery and read this for its passionate and unresolved argument about the still-beating heart of R&B."
Ex-bodyguard D Hunter travels from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to investigate the circumstances surrounding his grandfather's murder in the fourth entry in this series (The Lost Treasures of R&B, 2015, etc.) by critic and journalist George. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1994

"A savvy, revealing insider's view of the struggle for films created and controlled by African-Americans in Hollywood. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A textured personal exploration of the last 30 years of African-American cinema. Read full book review >

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THE HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA by Nelson George
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2014

"George's in-depth look at a revered TV show is one of those rare music-centric books that will transcend its subject's core fan base. Even those with just a casual interest in Soul Train will be happy to take this trip."
Put on your dancing shoes, and get funky with this romp through the history of a cultural touchstone. Read full book review >