Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

“The importance of music to black crime films can’t be overstated. Bear in mind that radio spots for films like Shaft and Superfly often call attention to the soundtrack artist, practically in the same breath as the movie’s star. This emphasis on the music further reinforces the idea that in blaxploitation films the music is as much a character as the flesh and blood men and women who populate the frame. Outside of Hollywood’s classic movie musicals, no other genre can truly claim that distinguishing feature.”

– from Chapter 1: Crime Jazz & Felonious Funk of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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