Long slow train The soul music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Donald Brackett, 1951-

Book - 2018

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Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard LLC 2018.
Physical Description
xxv, 230 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-223) and index.
Main Author
Donald Brackett, 1951- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

She knew she was considered too short, too old, not pretty enough, and too black. But none of this stopped singer Sharon Jones, even when she worked as a corrections officer, armed guard, and wedding performer to make ends meet. Finally, in 1996, she was signed by the Brooklyn-based record label Daptone Records and became the lead singer for the soul band the Dap-Kings. Jones and the band performed on Amy Winehouse's Grammy-winning Back to Black album. She also had a small part in the Denzel Washington film The Great Debaters (2007), went on tour with Lou Reed, and collaborated with Phish, David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, and Michael Bublé. In 2015, Jones was the subject of Barbara Kopple's documentary Miss Sharon Jones! Often called the female James Brown, the ebullient Jones was known for her distinctive brand of gospel funk. Music critic Brackett follows the singer's eventful life and career up to her death from cancer in 2016. An "epic underdog narrative" and a luminous introduction to a singular figure. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

(Book). A lively and engaging chronicle of the triumphant rise of Sharon Jones one of the most authentic purveyors of American soul music since James Brown Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings traces her roots from gospel to soul to funk and beyond. After many years of struggling on the periphery of the music industry and being told by label executives and producers that she was "too short, too old, too fat, and too black" to make it as a headlining performer, Jones was finally discovered in 1996 by the Brooklyn-based revivalist label Daptone Records . The rest is herstory . As the dynamic frontline singer for the stellar soul band the Dap-Kings, Jones's career ascended rapidly, establishing both the band and the label with a cult-like following for her special brand of gospel funk. From 2002 until 2016, when Jones succumbed to pancreatic cancer, she and her band toured globally and released a flock of singles and eight full-length albums. (During that time, they were also tapped by Amy Winehouse's producer, Mark Ronson, to be the studio outfit for their Grammy Award-winning album, Back to Black .) In 2015, Jones was profiled in the popular documentary Miss Sharon Jones!, directed by Barbara Kopple, as the unstoppable soul queen continued to deliver explosive live concert performances even while undergoing medical treatment. This book offers a heartfelt appreciation for a bighearted star who beat the odds and did it all her way.

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