TIR 143: By George, It’s the Full Nelson on Music & Culture

Nelson George (right) with filmmaker friend and collaborator Spike Lee.


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott “DR GX” Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 143 (Parts 1-2): Nelson George, a multimedia force who for more than 40 years has excelled as a music journalist, author, television producer and filmmaker. Through nonfiction and fiction, documentaries and entertainment, his expansive work has illuminated the African-American experience — particularly as it pertains to music, including soul, funk and hip hop. In that regard, his career includes serving as music editor for the now defunct Record World, and then in the same capacity for Billboard magazine from 1982-1989.

His music-oriented books include Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound; The Death of Rhythm & Blues; Hip Hop America; and The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style. As well, he worked with recent TRUTH IN RHYTHM guest Alan Leeds on The James Brown Reader.

Additionally, his TV work includes VH1’s Hip Hop Honors, A Ballerina’s Tale, Finding the Funk and has most recently been crafting A Great Day in Hip Hop Revisited as well as a Tupac Shakur documentary. In film, he produced the rap comedy cult classic CB4.