Pat Thomas Travels Over Land and Sea With “Listen Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power”

Fantagraphics Books and Light In The Attic Records are excited to announce that author, lecturer, and music-man Pat Thomas is hitting the road with Listen Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power. Meet the mofo behind the book that pays tribute to the Black Power Movement of the ’60s-’70s. Heading up the West Coast and then across the pond to England, Thomas will be giving talks, signing books, and playing tracks at both bookstores and record shops.

While researching this book project in Oakland, Thomas discovered rare recordings of speeches, interviews, and music by noted activists Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Elaine Brown, and others that form the framework of this definitive retrospective. Listen, Whitey! chronicles the forgotten history of Motown Records’ Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum, which released politically charged albums by Stokely Carmichael, Langston Hughes, Bill Cosby, and Ossie Davis, among others. Obscure records produced by African-American sociopolitical organizations of the period are examined, along with the Isley Brothers, Nina Simone, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Watts Prophets, Roland Kirk, Horace Silver, Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, Stanley Crouch, and many more. Thomas will give a slide and music presentation, and then sign copies of Listen, Whitey! Book/CDs/LPs. The album features rare tracks from African-American activists like Dick Gregory, Eldridge Cleaver, and the Last Poets, with protest music by Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Harper, and more.

Spread the word and hope to see you out there!

Sunday, April 1st, (TBD)
KPFK (Pacifica Radio) guest DJing with Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides,
90.7 FM Los Angeles – 98.7 FM Santa Barbara
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West – N. Hollywood, CA 91604
Main: 818.985.2711. Studio: 818.985.5735

Monday, April 2, 12-1PM
University of Southern California
Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Geoffrey Cowan Forum, Room 207
Annenberg School across from Heritage Hall.
3607 Trousdale Pkwy
LOS ANGELES, CA 90089
213.821.3015
www.annenberg.usc.edu

Tuesday, April 3, 2-4PM
Live DJ set from Pat Thomas on Los Angeles-based web radio station Dublab
www.DUBLAB.com

Wednesday, April 4, 7pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
W. HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
310.659.3110
www.booksoup.com

Thursday, April 5, 7-8PM
AMOEBA Records, LA
6400 Sunset Blvd.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90028
323.245.6400
www.amoeba.com

Friday, April 6, 12PM – 1AM
KCRW | Listen online at http://www.kcrw.com/
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Main Office 310-450-5183

Saturday, April 7, TBA
Warbler Records & Goods
131 E De La Guerra St
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101
805.845.5862
www.warblerrecords.squarespace.com

Sunday, April 8, 5-6PM
“Melting Pot” with host Michael Barnes on KPFK Los Angeles
90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, worldwide at link below
www.KPFK.org

Sunday, April 8 (regular programming)
KPFK (Pacifica Radio) guest DJing with Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides,
90.7 FM Los Angeles – 98.7 FM Santa Barbara
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West – N. Hollywood, CA 91604
Main: 818.985.2711. Studio: 818.985.5735

Tuesday, April 10, 7:30PM
The Booksmith
1644 Haight St.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117
415.863.8688
www.booksmith.com

Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books 2349 Shattuck Ave.
BERKELEY, CA 94704
510.649.1320
www.pegasusbookstore.com

Thursday, April 12, TBD
KPFA – Berkeley w/ Derk Richardson

Friday, April 13, TBD
KPFA – Berkeley, w/ Ricky Vincent

Friday, April 20, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Rainier Avenue & Columbia Center
w/ Aaron Dickson lecturing on the Black Panthers
and Kathy Wolf and Leo Mayberry’s video show
Life Enrichment Bookstore 5023 Rainer Ave. S
SEATTLE, WA 98118
206.650.8791
http://www.lebseattle.com/

Sunday, April 22, 7:30 PM
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside
PORTLAND, OR 97209
503.228.4651
www.powells.com

Wednesday, May 9, TBA
University of Southampton
University Road, SOUTHAMPTON SO17 1BJ
+44 (0)23.8059.5000
www.southampton.ac.uk

Thursday, May 10, TBA
SPONSORED AND PRESENTED BY
THE WIRE MAGAZINE
Cafe OTO
18 – 22 Ashwin St.
Dalston, LONDON E8 3DL
www.cafeoto.co.uk

Friday, May 11, TBA
Rough Trade East “Dray Walk”
Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane, LONDON
E1 6QL
+44 (0)207.392.7788
www.roughtrade.com

Tuesday, May 15, TBA
Durham University
Lecture Room of the Music Department
The University Office
Old Elvet, DURHAM
DH1 3HP
+44 (0)191.334.6305
www.dunelm.org.uk