History Professor Receives Book Award from Rolling Stone

Posted: September 6, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Suzanne Smith, History and Art History, recently received third place in the Gleason Book Awards for her book “Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit.” In honor of its namesake, the award recognizes excellence in books about popular, rock, and jazz music.

Smith’s book, published by Harvard University Press, captures the mood and context of Detroit in the 1960s and casts the players against the backdrop of all that was going on in America at that time. Motown, black freedom, black capitalism, and black culture are intermingled in a compelling narrative about the events and artists that became internationally acclaimed during one of the most stormy and restless epochs of America’s history.

Established in 1989, the annual award is given by New York University; Broadcast Music Inc.; and Rolling Stone magazine. The first music critic to recognize the musical and cultural significance of rock music, Ralph Gleason elevated critical writing in the field of popular music.

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