The Rhythm and Blues Project: Oral History Archive Drive
Telling the story of all the great Soul, R&B and Funk music made here in America in the words of those who created it!
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From back in the day to soul music today, The Rhythm & Blues Project’s ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE DRIVE is doing what no one has done before: Telling the full story behind all the great Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Funk music made during the last 65 years in the words of the men and women who have created this astounding body of work. From artists to songwriters, producers to disk jockeys, publicists to record promoters, their stories must be heard.
Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Funk have been the most powerful and transformative music made in America during the last three generations, defining forces in the Civil Rights struggle, the Women’s Movement, Fashion, Dance, Entertainment and so many other social, political and cultural watersheds of the second half the 20th Century. Who better to tell the stories of this music than the people who created it?
We mean to celebrate the lives and music of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Prince, Booker T Jones, George Clinton, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Bootsy Collins, Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Nile Rogers, Steve Cropper, Patti Labelle, Gamble & Huff, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly & The Family Stone, Chaka Khan, The O’Jays, Quincy Jones, and so many others.
Once completed, these interviews will become a permanent oral history archive to be housed at The Grammy Museum
and other outstanding cultural institutions. The archive will be used to create museum installations, exhibitions, and educational materials, so that this story lives on for generations to come.
But none of this can happen without your help. Kindly help us record this story before it is too late. Over the past year, the music has lost such luminaries as Etta James, Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. The cameras need to get rolling now.
Our production team is outstanding. It includes the talents of Executive Producer Ed Eckstine
(the son of Billy Eckstine, and former president of Mercury Records and Quincy Jones Entertainment), Executive Producer Phil Michelson of Moondog Films, and directors Sam Pollard
(“Slavery By Another Name,” and HBO’s “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”) and Bruce Sinofsky (“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” HBO’s “Brothers Keeper” and “Paradise Lost”).
Collectively, we have spent years researching this story, locating the artists, and aligning the production with strategic partners so that we can go out and film the necessary interviews. But we now need the funding necessary to go and plan and shoot all the interviews we hope to capture. Your generous contributions will go a long way to ensuring that we can accomplish this goal.
But interviewing the creators of this music is only half of our goal. Keeping this music alive is what matters most. And with that in mind, we have made available a number of Rhythm and Blues Project Insider Benefits to those who chose to support us now. From great music to food to a unique event featuring James Poyser of The Roots and Civil Rights icon Julian Bond, to an evening of documentary filmmaking tips featuring multiple award winning directors Sam Pollard and Bruce Sinofsky, to an evening with veteran record men (like Tom Vickers, P-Funk's former Minister of Information and Dominic Treniers, Manager of DeAngelo) where you will hear stories of recording sessions, artists and songs, to an intimate dinner with the legendary former STAX Records president Al Bell.
For those who love Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Funk music, who care about its history and want to make sure that its legacy does not fade away, now is your chance to step up and get down! Please get on the good foot and make a donation today. This is AMERICA’S MUSIC and its stories need to be celebrated.
THE RHYTHM AND BLUES PROJECT: THE SOUL OF AMERICA!
Risks and challenges
Like any project that includes physical production, there is the risk that it may take a bit longer than anticipated to get people to sit down and talk to us. We are working diligently to arrange as many interviews as our budget will allow, but these things do take time. As to our events planned, we do anticipate being able to pull these off in the time scheduled. Our other offers (T-Shirts, Hats, CD's) should be to you within a reasonable period of time.
To us, Our greatest risk is that we wait too long to get our cameras going! Since we started on this journey to bring The Rhythm and Blues Project to life, we have lost Charles Brown, Ruth Brown and James Brown: And these are only the Browns!
We are in a race against time and there is no downside to helping us. Every interview completed brings us closer to our goal. And with our partnership with The Grammy Museum (and more to follow), these interviews will be seen, studied and enjoyed for years to come. We are ready to roll and we must get going as soon as possible so don't wait before it's too late: Spread the word and make a joyful noise!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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