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Narrator Bill Quinn's conversational tone quickly builds a rapport with listeners, which suits the intimate feel of this analysis of Sly and the Family Stone's infamous fifth album There's a Riot Goin' On. Using his own personal history to introduce and examine Sly's importance to his fans and to African American culture in general, writer Miles Marshall Lewis sets up the colorful background of the album's recording. Quinn provides an earnest counterpoint to Lewis' critical eye, although he applies a more somber tone to the stories about Sly's tragic descent into drug addiction. Fans will particularly enjoy the perceptive song analyses which Quinn convincingly delivers.

Publisher's Summary

The story behind the making of the album that signaled the descent of Sylvester Sly Stone Stewart into a haze of drug addiction and delirium is captivating enough for the cinema. In the spacious attic of a Beverly Hills mansion belonging to John and Michelle Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas), during the fall of 1970, Sly Stone began recording his follow-up to 1969's Stand!, the most popular album of his band's career.

©2006 Miles Marshall Lewis (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A study of Sly before, during & after Riot

What made the experience of listening to Sly and the Family Stone's 'There's a Riot Goin' On' (33 1/3 Series) the most enjoyable?

The fact that Sly's entire discography pre and post (to a lesser degree) "There's A Riot Goin' On" is covered. Since there is so little literature on Sly, this is a treat. I like how the author links Sly Stone to hip hop & black music in general, something I wasn't fully aware of although I am a consumer & creator of rap music.

What did you like best about this story?

The total analysis of Sly's impact and career

What does Bill Quinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very good author. Clear and delivers passionately enough to retain ones attention

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole thing really

Any additional comments?

Intro was a bit long winded, and ending was abrupt, otherwise flawless