Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to Kc and the Sunshine Band

John Capouya (Author)

Product Details

University Press of Florida
Publish Date
September 18, 2018
6.14 X 0.91 X 9.21 inches | 1.37 pounds

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About the Author

John Capouya is associate professor of journalism and writing at the University of Tampa. His previous book, the biography Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture, is being adapted into a feature film.


"Entertaining and colorful . . . Assures that the Sunshine State gets its due alongside the musical hubs of Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans."--Publishers Weekly "Capouya adds a significant entry to the scholarship on soul music. . . . Throughout these profiles, a portrait of how racial segregation and post-Civil Rights Act integration in Florida affected both black and white musicians emerges. . . . Essential."--Library Journal "[Capouya] looks at the music not only as entertainment but as an expression of the culture and history that surrounded it."--Tampa Bay Times "As Mr. Capouya brings the epoch, the genre and its creative music-makers to life, he shapes eloquent personality portraits that bring us inside the lives and minds of dozens of individuals we would not otherwise get to know."--Florida Weekly "Prove[s] that Florida does--and always did--have a whole lot of soul."--Creative Loafing Tampa "An engaging and informative read. . . . An important resource on a music scene that's never been fully documented within a single volume, adding greatly to our understanding of American music."--Black Grooves "Compelling. . . .Given how much great regional American soul music remains to be rediscovered, analyzed and archived, Mr. Capouya is to be commended. The casual fan will enjoy dipping in and out of these stand-alone stories; the hard-core fanatic will relish wading deep into the musical waters."--Wall Street Journal