About the Book

R&B (Rhythm and Business)

R&B (Rhythm and Business)

The Political Economy of Black Music
August 2005
Trade Paperback · 330 Pages
$18.95 U.S. · $22.50 CAN
ISBN 9781888451689
Akashic Books


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“Hot stuff for politically and economically astute pop-music collections.”—Booklist

“A great primer on how poorly the music industry tends to treat its artists.”—New York Press

Courtney Love and Public Enemy’s Chuck D join Kelley and other journalists to examine how black music has been developed, marketed and distributed within the structure of American capitalism.

Norman Kelley is the author of The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome: The Dead End of Black Politics (Nation Books, 2004) and the Nina Halligan mystery series. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Author

Norman Kelley has written for Newsday, the Village Voice, The Nation, and New York Press. He is the author of "The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome (Nation Books 2004), and the Nina Halligan mystery series — Black Heat (HarperCollins), The Big Mango (Akashic), and A Phat Death (Akashic). He lives in Brooklyn.