By Craig Werner
A transformation is Gonna Come chronicles greater than 40 years of black tune: from the hopeful, indignant refrains of the liberty move to the slick pop of Motown; from Woodstock and the 'Summer of Love' to Vietnam and the race riots; from disco inferno to the Million guy March. this can be an insightful and riveting learn which seems on the position black song occupies in social historical past, its conflict for the desegregation of well known song and its contribution to social swap outdoor the recording studio .
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A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America by Craig Werner