Jonathan Gould: Otis Redding w/ Michael Lydon
Where: Books Are Magic
225 Smith St.
718-246-2665 Price: Free
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In Otis Redding, Jonathan Gould finally does justice to Redding’s unfinished life, drawing on exhaustive research, the cooperation of his family, and previously unavailable sources of information to present the first fully-formed portrait of the singer’s background, his upbringing, and his professional career.
In chronicling the story of Redding’s life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were first becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day.
Gould will be in conversation with Michael Lyndon.
Jonathan Gould is a writer and a former professional musician. Born and raised in New York City, he began playing music in high school and became serious about it while attending Cornell University. After four years of study in Boston with the eminent jazz drummer Alan Dawson, he spent many years working in bands and recording studios. In addition to writing and playing music, Jonathan Gould has raised a family, served in local politics, and taken an active role in the life of the upstate New York community where he lived for thirty years. He currently divides his time between Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Livingston, NY.
Michael Lydon was a founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine and one fo the most highly regarded rock journalists of his generation. He is the author of Ray Charlse: Man and Music as well as Flashbacks: Eyewitness Accounts of the Rock Revolution. He resides in New York City.Buy tickets/get more info now