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Notes for The Rise of Rock and Roll in Philadelphia

[i] Martin Luther King Jr., “Transforming a Neighborhood into a Brotherhood,” keynote address, National Association of Radio and Television Announcers Convention, 1967. Quoted in Barlow, Voice Over, 195.
[ii] Barlow, Voice Over, 211. On the importance of radio deejays in black communities, see Ward, Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South; Mark Newman, Entrepreneurs of Profit and Pride: From Black-Appeal to Radio Soul (New York: Praeger, 1988); Johnny Otis, Upside Your Head!: Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue (Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1993); Otis, Listen to the Lambs (1968; Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009); George Lipsitz, Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010); Magnificent Montague, Burn Baby! BURN!: The Autobiography of Magnificent Montague (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003); Richard Stamz, Give ‘Em Soul, Richard!: Race, Radio, & Rhythm & Blues in Chicago (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010); Cantor, Wheelin' on Beale.
[iii] On the development of “black-appeal” radio, see Barlow, Voice Over, 108-33; Newman, Entreprenuers of Profit and Pride, 79-92; and Weems, Desegregating the Dollar, 42-55.
[iv] Theoharis and Woodard, “Introduction,” in Groundwork, ed. Theoharis and Woodard, 3.
[v] Quoted in Barlow, Voice Over, 124.
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