The Perils of Personal Choice: Reviewing Sly Stone’s ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’
The story of the effects of the Pentecostal movement on popular culture has never been fully explored. But any translation of religious ideas have to take this influence into account. Add to that the emphasis on feelings and a desperate hunger for intimacy and you have the stew that birthed the Woke movement as well.
“Turns out a family of one can be dysfunctional, too” This! In some ways, I feel it can be worse - especially when Stone’s family had lived and worked together, he'd lost the familiarity of the church too.
I love how the book (and your blog) ends in hope - there really is so much more music to play. A lovely, contemplative piece, Joel. Thank you for sharing with us!
I remember too, and this was pre internet, people talking about him living in his car. I guess that’s paparazzi catnip.
Ha! Glad I could help a bit. I remember buying his greatest hits in high school. Freaky funky stuff in 1989 Appalachia
You are a reading and typing machine! As a result, we are able to enjoy the fruits of your labor of love.
Another great post. Thank you.
Maybe Denton was different in the 60s, but when I majored in music there in the 80s it was even then amazingly diverse in musical styles-- with plenty of hippies. The university was a magnet for all stripes. But it took the university to expose us to the differences; Denton itself was still fairly dull, except for student enclaves around campus. And church!