This interview by Farai Chideya of Ericka Blount Danois reminded me of an experience I had this weekend watching (for the zillionth time?) In the Heat of the Night. The dvd I bought had some awesome bonus material that included a critical discussion of movie-making and Hollywood in the sixties as it impacted the actors, score composer (Quincy Jones) and production of this film. I realized how much I enjoy deeper/expanded discussions of the social order in which my favorite movies were made. Farai Chideya makes this point about Danois' book, Love, Peace and Soul -- which makes me think I'd like to read the book:
In her new book, Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show, Soul Train, author Ericka Blount Danois does more than a pop-chronology or even a look behind the scenes. She gets deeply into the history and sociology of a man and a media movement that reshaped how America looked at race, self-expression, and culture.
Soul Train's impresario Don Cornelius committed suicide in 2012. Today (September 27th, 2013) would have been his 77th birthday.
I got a chance to ask author Ericka Blount Danois how and why she so deeply explored Soul Train and Cornelius' life.