“Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock ‘n’ roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style.” —Pop Matters
Denise Sullivan is a California-based writer. Author of five published titles, including Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music From Blues to Hip Hop (Lawrence Hill Books/Chicago Review Press 2011), The White Stripes: Sweethearts of the Blues (Backbeat, 2004) and Shaman’s Blues: The Art and Influences Behind Jim Morrison and the Doors (2015), in 2016 she was the Alley Cat Books writer in residence and published a chapbook, Awful Sweet. She is also the author of R.E.M. Talk About The Passion (1994) and Rip It Up: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rulebreakers (2001). She is at work editing the San Francisco story anthology, Your Golden Sun Still Shines (2017).
From 2007-2011 she was an online columnist, features writer and blogger for Crawdaddy!–the first U.S. magazine to cover rock music in the 1960s through a social and political lens. She is also a frequent contributor to Down With Tyranny! She is the co-founder of the United Booksellers, a coalition of bookstores and publishing professionals advocating for the worldwide preservation of literary arts and culture.
About: Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music From Blues to Hip-Hop
(2011, Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press)
The marriage of music and social change didn’t originate with the civil rights and black power movements of the 1950s and 1960s, but never before and never again was the relationship between the two so dynamic. Political activism shaped the music, and the music spread the word, calling people to join in.
In Keep On Pushing, author Denise Sullivan presents the voices of the musician-activists from this pivotal era and the artists who followed in their footsteps to become the force behind contemporary liberation music. Through extensive research and exclusive firsthand interviews with Yoko Ono, Richie Havens, Solomon Burke, Wayne Kramer, Michael Franti, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and other icons, Sullivan chronicles the struggle that went into the creation of liberation music and how the defenders of black, women’s, and gay liberation ran headlong into suppression by the music industry as well as by the government.
Joining authentic voices with a bittersweet narrative covering more than fifty years of fighting oppression through song, Keep On Pushing defines the soundtrack to revolution and the price the artists paid to create it.