... at tonight's benefit for Rainier Valley institution the Life Enrichment Bookstore, Seattle's only black-owned and operated bookstore.
The event features acclaimed local author Pat Thomas, whose book Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 (published by Emerald City's Fantagraphics Books) studies the use of protest music by the Black Panther movement and its subsequent cultural impact. Thomas will also be spinning tracks--complete with multimedia visuals-- from the book's brilliantly curated companion album, released on our own Light in the Attic records.
Covering a spectrum of protest music from the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono, as well as counter culture musical revolutionaries like Roy Harper and Gene McDaniels, Thomas says of the experience, "I found it challenging and rewarding to find and collect strong, lost music and put it back out into the culture."
A former A&R man and reissues producer, Thomas chose Light in the Attic for this special project "because they'd done Wheedle's Groove and other soul-based music anthologies which tapped deeply into personal and political African-American experiences." The compilation is available on CD in a high-gloss Digipak with 40-page booklet. The double-LP version sports a deluxe gatefold old-school "tip-on" jacket that includes book-deep 8-page liner notes with rare photos and album covers. You can get both on the LITA website.
Tonight's event will also include featured speakers Dr. Maxine Mimms, a Tacoma educator whose former students include some guy named Jimi Hendrix and the 1960's-era founder of the Seattle Black Panther Party, Aaron Dixon.