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Rickey Vincent Discusses "Party Music," his Book about Soul Music and the Black Panthers
Did you know that the Black Panther Party had their own funk outfit called The Lumpen, which reworked classic soul songs to fit the party line? Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panther’s Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music by Rickey Vincent explores the black cultural revolution through the movement’s music for the revolutionaris who danced and fought for their rights. Rickey teaches at UC Berkeley and already has written an award winning book, entitled Funk. He also can be seen on the TV show “Unsung” from time to time. He also hosts a radio show on Friday nights on KPFA called “The Roots of Soul.”