James Marshall Jimi Hendrix We had no sonic reference Or why he was important *Nelson George author and filmmaker

 

*Nelson George is an established author and filmmaker with a passion for telling stories of the black experience in America

 

 

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Michael Hepworth

 

HOLLYWOOD (Perfect Music Today) 12/5/19/–So thankful to be able to share with you this short animated film in which Nelson George* reads excepts from the liner notes he wrote for the just-released Hendrix Songs For Groovy Children/The Fillmore East Concerts. It’s the audio document, produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott, of the four shows that Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys performed at the Fillmore East on December 31, 1969 and January 1, 1970.

Nelson was a kid in Brooklyn’s Brownsville ghetto at that time when soul and salsa ruled the day and rock was, in a way, somewhat foreign. The music that Hendrix, along with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, made over those two nights catalyzed a paradigm shift in the world of Black Music, the reverberations from which are still being felt today.  Today a new animated video was launched in which you can hear him talk about Music That Changed Lives.

 

*Nelson George is an established author and filmmaker with a passion for telling stories of the black experience in America. George is the author of several ground breaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown SoundThe Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America. As a novelist he has written several popular novels with music themes (The Accidental HunterThe Plot Against Hip Hop, and The Lost Treasures of R&B). He is currently working on the fourth installment of his D. Hunter mystery series.

In television, George was a producer on the Emmy Award winning The Chris Rock Show (HBO), a producer on Hip Hop Honors (VH1), and executive producer of the high rated American Gangster crime series (BET).

Travel has also been one of his major subjects, as he hosted Soul Cities for the VH1 Soul Channel and Black Atlas web series for American Airlines.

As a filmmaker George has co-written the screenplays to Strictly Business and CB4. He directed Queen Latifah to a Golden Globe in the HBO film Life Support, which he also co-wrote. He has directed a number of documentaries including Finding the Funk (VH1), The Announcement (ESPN), and Brooklyn Boheme (Showtime). His theatrical documentary on ballerina Misty Copeland is called A Ballerina’s Tale.  He is a writer/producer on The Get Down (Netflix), which premiers on August. In 2016, he directed The Real MVP movie (Lifetime). Nelson does most of his work through his production company, Urban Romances.

 

 

 

 

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