Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Soul Music Great CHARLES WRIGHT Drops Black History Month Bombshell, “UP FROM WHERE WE’VE COME” Review
Among the most profound new literary entries to be released this February in Black History Month is a bitter true to life time from culturally conscious Rhythm & Blues legend Charles Wright, the singer/songwriter/guitarist best known for singing and composing '70s Soul smash “Express Yourself” still heard daily on radio, in movies and dozens of television commercials. Available starting Feb 1, 'Up From Where We've Come' is the first in a series of autobiographies detailing the life behind the music of Charles Wright.
‘Up From Where We’ve Come’ touches on first hand accounts of racism and is an honest depiction of how the now world-renowned musician went from poverty to prosperity. Written in the raw dialects and rhythms of how Blacks and Whites communicated with each other in the era, it is a riveting insider’s glimpse into the realities of the times.
“I wanted to reveal just how thin the line between sharecropping and slavery really was. It’s important to me because I spent a significant part of my life under that regime. I started writing this book 40 years ago. It’s something – given the right circumstance – I wish I could have shared long ago...But now is the optimal time because discrimination never went away. Racism simply vaulted to a whole ’nother level. Honestly, in some cases, I’d take the way it used to be over what it is today. The process of systematic racial elimination is extremely ugly to me. I can see it so clearly. I need others to see it, too. So I’m expressing myself.”
– Charles Wright
Charles Wright is a world-renowned musician and songwriter best known as the leader of the ’60s-founded Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and for recording the enduring 1971 classic “Express Yourself” (#3 R&B, #12 Pop – Billboard). The ensemble also recorded the classics “Loveland ” (sung by drummer James Gadson who became an ace session musician in Los Angeles), “Do Your Thing ” (featuring lead guitarist Al McKay who went on to become a star member of Earth Wind & Fire) and the racial equality anthem “Comment” (also recorded by jazz legend Les McCann, alternative rockers Wilco and others).
‘Up From Where We’ve Come’ is available starting February 1, just in time for Black History Month!
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- The author paints a true story of so many trials in his life. It is easy to become immersed in the chapters. Proving that the life struggle is very real and yet it can have such a great outcome.