Noted music producer and scholar Pat Thomas spent five years in Oakland researching “Listen, Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power 1965-1975“. It also chronicles the forgotten history of Motown’s Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum (1970-1973). The tracklisting (listen to tracks 1, 5 & 12 below) on “Listen, Whitey!” (named after Huey P. Newton’s 1972 lp on Folkways) does miss “God bless America for what” (1972) by the once again forgotten Swamp Dogg, though – imho more relevant than Roy Harper‘s “I hate the white man” with its rather vague lyrics, however poignant their delivery … Even so, and especially with the accompanying book on Fantagraphics, this v/a compilation is a great addition to “(Rich Mix Presents) Back To Black” on Lo (2005), the “Black & Proud” comps on Trikont (2002 & 2005), the two “Stand Up And Be Counted – Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Era” v/a volumes on Harmless (1999 & 2000) and “What’s The Word?“ on the revamped Harmless (2011). Extra (viva RotA): Mable Hillery! And Denise Sullivan‘s book “Keep on pushing – black power music from blues to hip hop” (ISBN 9781556528170, Chicago Review Press / IPG 2011-07)!