Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday Music: Remembering Maurice White "Shining Star"

On February 4, we lost another luminary in the world of rock music when Maurice White died at the age of 74. In a New York Times op ed piece by Roger Thompson, "Earth, Wind & Fire’s Musical Reintegration," Thompson observed:

It may seem obvious that without Mr. White, there would be no Commodores, Kool and the Gang, or the Gap Band. It is less obvious that without Mr. White, there is probably no “Thriller,” Outkast, Pharrell Williams or Drake.

"Mr. White faced the central challenge for the black musician of the time: how to find a wider audience within an increasingly consolidated music industry and a fragmenting music landscape.


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