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Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today (1975)

June 3, 2020

[Album 777/1001]

After a lot of reflection during yesterday’s #BlackOutTuesday, I’m beginning to understand that I have a lot of listening & learning to do.

Being ‘not racist’ is insufficient & I need to do a better job at being actively anti-racist.

Rather than adding my unneeded commentary to areas in which I have absolutely no 220px-There's_No_Place_Like_America_Today_coverexperience, as a small starting point, I can help amplify the voices of people that do.

In this case, by encouraging my friends / family / fellow bloggers to check out Curtis Mayfield’s There’s No Place Like America Today.

The album cover juxtaposition between the background and the foreground is jarring; the contrast between the promotional promise and the actual experience is stark.

And the music on the album itself is equally powerful.

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Verbalize the Positive

Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly soundtrack is also on the 1001 list.

Even though I haven’t seen the movie, I was really impressed with that one as well, as Mayfield was able to create such vivid scenes in each of the tracks.

From → 1970s

21 Comments
  1. Well said, friend.

  2. Mayfield had a very articulate and gentle way about him. I liked it when he co-opted We’ve Only Just Begun as a civil rights song. There’s totally room for more militant approaches like Public Enemy too, but Mayfield was great.

  3. Oh how does this album cover represent we’re America is today

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