The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called ‘The Lumpen’

And yes, they were good. by  Jamilah King   Band members L to R: James Mott, Bill Calhoun, Michael Torrance, Clark Bailey. Image: Ducho Dennnis/ It’s About Time Archives   Over at  Studio 360, Nishat Kurwa has a great piece up about a new book out called “Party Music” by musicologist Rickey Vincent that explores […]

Life of the Party Musiz

by Kevin Goins Rickey Vincent Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers’ Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music (Lawrence Hill Books, 2013) As a black child growing up in the late 1960s to mid-1970s, I had witnessed many examples of how Black Power culture made its way into society. From the […]