Rocket City Rock & Soul: Huntsville Musicians Remember the 1960s

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In a state widely considered ground zero for civil rights struggles, Huntsville became an unlikely venue for racial reconciliation. Huntsville's recently formed NASA station drew new residents from throughout the country, and across the world, to the Rocket City. This influx of fresh perspectives informed the city's youth. Soon, dozens of vibrant rock bands and soul groups, characteristic of the era but unique in Alabama, were formed. Set against the bitter backdrop of segregation, Huntsville musicians—black and white—found common ground in rock and soul music. Whether playing to desegregated audiences, in desegregated bands or both, Huntsville musicians were boldly moving forward, ushering in a new era. Through interviews with these musicians, local author Jane DeNeefe recounts this unique and important chapter in Huntsville's history.
ISBN: 9781609493707
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Alabama
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 51
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jane DeNeefe, coauthor of Alabama's Civil Rights Trail: An Illustrated Guide to the Cradle of Freedom, lives in Huntsville, Alabama. A former bookseller and community columnist for the Huntsville Times, she has contributed to the WLRH public radio program Writer's Corner, the web magazine Swampland: Cultures of the South, Encyclopedia of Alabama and other publications. DeNeefe earned a BA in history from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
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