Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Movement Soul, Volume 2

Movement Soul, Volume 2 (ESP 4034) takes up where Volume One left off. That first documentary disk came out in the '60s. This one was compiled just now. Like the first volume it intersperses gospel, protest, soul, and other roots music of the time with aural documentary segments on the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Renaissance and the general coming alive of the era.

So there's something by Ralph Ellison on his work, and documentary appearances of key figures like Thurgood Marshall and other well or lesser-known figures in the struggle.

Not having heard the first volume I can only assume the conspicuous absences of certain iconic figures are explained by their previous coverage in the initial volume.

It is an absorbing listen.

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