Former Seattle author/A&R man Pat Thomas' book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 (Fantagraphics) and its and accompanying compilation on Light in the Attic—Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974—have earned positions on some important publications' year-end lists. TIME placed the album at #7 in its 2012 list and SPIN ranked the book at #4 in its round-up of music-oriented tomes. Thomas vividly and accessibly places the subject into historical context and displays acute curatorship on the LITA LP. The accolades are well-deserved.
SPIN's list and a clip about the LITA comp after the jump.
SPIN's 10 Best Music Books of 2012
1. RJ Smith - The One: The Life and Times of James Brown (Gotham)
2. Elijah Wald - The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama (Oxford University Press)
3. Jonathan Lethem - Talking Heads' Fear of Music (33 1/3) (Continuum)
4. Pat Thomas - Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 (Fantagraphics)
5. Gil Scott-Heron - The Last Holiday: A Memoir (Grove Press)
6. Peter Criss - Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS (Scribner)
7. Natalie Hopkinson - Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City (Duke University Press)
8. Sylvie Simmons - I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (Ecco)
9. Bob Gluck - You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band (University of Chicago Press)
10. Preston Lauterbach - The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock'n'Roll (W.W. Norton & Company)