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Joel Selvin writes that "There are two kinds of black music: before Sly Stone and after Sly Stone." Although he didn't get much information out of Sly Stone himself, this book is the most up-close record available of the rise and fall of the band based on first-hand accounts.
This overview of Selvin's work includes a devastating essay on the untold story of the making of There's A Riot Goin' On, Sly and the Family Stone's 1971 follow-up to Stand!.
A foreword by Sly Stone and a fascinating preface by George Clinton affirm the deep, first-hand research that went into this book.