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Indie Soul: Soul Train book reveals secrets

5/9/2014, 6 a.m.
The hippest trip in America was happening on televisions around the country on Saturdays with the dance show “Soul Train” ...

The hippest trip in America was happening on televisions around the country on Saturdays with the dance show “Soul Train” hosted by the late Don Cornelius. We saw the show, but have you ever wondered what was going behind the scenes?

Ericka Blount Danois, who has written for various news outlets— Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and ESPN the Magazine— takes us on a journey deeper than one can ever imagine with her new book, “Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train: Classic Moments.” The book features interviews from our favorite characters from Soul Train including dancers, family members of Cornelius, family members of Dick Griffey (Griffey and Cornelius were partners with the record label SOLAR RECORDS), and of course gets into what happened with Shalamar.

“Everyone grew up a ‘Soul Train’ fan. I wanted to know what made this show such a success. I wanted to talk with those dancers responsible for really making that show such a success. Don Cornelius was such a genius and here was a man who started this show with his own money, that he is an inspiration to all of us who are entrepreneurs, writers, or business owners,” said Danois. If you were or are still a fan of Soul Train, you will love this book.

For more information about Ericka Blount Danois or to purchase the book, visit: www.erickablount.com.

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