The Roadhouse: A Talk With The Author of Listen, Whitey!

On Wednesday February 22nd critic, musician, and historian Pat Thomas talked about revolution and underground rhythms on Greg Vandy’s roots-rocking show on KEXP, The Roadhouse. It ran between 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. that night and is still available on our 14-day Streaming Archive.

Thomas is the author of the glossy and boss new Fantagraphics book Listen, Whitey! The Sights And Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, and the deep crate-digging curator of its accompanying CD under the same title, released by reissue kings Light In The Attic Records. Both deluxe editions are street-released on Tuesday, February 28th, and Thomas’s loving narrative about the Black Power movement and its rare, astonishing musical outcome has been scribed about in the Los Angeles Times, SPIN, MOJO, Uncut, and other dailies and periodicals. Greg Vandy was able to scoop the saga for KEXP before NPR has done their work with it (though a session has been recorded with KPLU, and one is booked for KUOW, both local-to-Seattle affiliates).

Thomas will be hosting a presentation tonight, March 1st, starting at 7 p.m. at Washington Hall in Seattle, in which he will play music from and show incredible photos from the tumultuous and romantic period of protest, and give background on the artists and events that shaped those lives and continue to inspire our own.

Listen, Whitey! is the largest collection of Black Power recordings, and the only book of its kind. Even if you’re not that much into social history or political music, the rock and soul rabble rousing and poetic preachers and extrapolative urban players here are exciting to listen to, and the artwork accompanying it in both the CD booklet and the full book is extraordinary. Listen to Greg’s great chat with Pat, and come out and see the action on March 1st at Washington Hall.

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