Dancing in the Street

Sep 20, 2013

In 1964, America was on the brink of a cultural revolution. The civil rights movement, portable music, the Vietnam War, the rise of black power and the lead-up to a dramatic election all foretold great changes here. In a new book, the writer Mark Kurlansky says that one song in particular emerged as an anthem for the country’s brand new beat: “Dancing in the Street,” by Martha and the Vandellas. Kurlansky joins us Monday to examine how that tune—and popular music more generally—has influenced social change.


Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times-bestselling author of dozens of books, including Cod, Salt, and his newest, Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America [Amazon|Indiebound].