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The Notorious Phd's Guide to the Super Fly '70s: A Connoisseur's Journey Through the Fabulous Flix, Hip Sounds, and Cool Vibes That Defined a Decade-Todd Boyd

  • Title: The Notorious Phd's Guide to the Super Fly '70s: A Connoisseur's Journey Through the Fabulous Flix, Hip Sounds, and Cool Vibes That Defined a Decade
  • Author: Todd Boyd
  • Released: 2007-06-12
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  • Pages: 222
  • ISBN: 0767921879
  • ISBN13: 978-0767921879
  • ASIN: 0767921879

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From Boyd's implied irreverence, reflected in his use of street slang, does not distract from the quality of his critique of this period and his qualifications as cultural critic. He offers a multilevel appreciation of the 1970s black popular aesthetic, including Hollywood's unapologetic blaxploitation period that produced movies such as Shaft and Super Fly and personalities such as Pam Grier and Richard Pryor. He also reflects on the impact of soul musicians, including Marvin Gaye and the Ohio Players, who formed the sound track of this era. Boyd ends with a critique of television shows from Good Times through Soul Train and sports icons, including Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown. Boyd highlights the importance of this "soul infusion" in popular American culture in the context of both the peak of the civil rights era and the militancy of the black power movement. He links the culture of the 1970s to the current rap and hip-hop generation's culture. Boyd provides a deep context for the times, which are better appreciated in retrospect. Ford, Vernon

About the Author

TODD BOYD, Ph.D. (aka The Notorious Ph.D.) is a critically acclaimed author and commentator who has appeared on CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and other programs and has written pieces for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Boyd has done commentary for the DVDs Super Fly, Uptown Saturday Night and The Mack. He has also recorded an interview that will be part of the documentary feature on the 30th Anniversary DVD release of Roots. Dr. Boyd is a professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. He lives in Los Angeles.

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