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That Time When Spike Lee Had the Audacity to Make His Second Joint a Musical

” soundtrack – Various Artists (Manhattan/EMI – 1988)

by A. Scott Galloway (Special to RFFocus )

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From Director/Writer ’s very first movie “She’s Gotta Have It” – which was scored by his father, Bill Lee, and featured one of the final recordings of `70s singing star Ronnie Dyson – music has played a powerful and prominent role in all of his self-dubbed “joints.” The musical selections in his films became a broad, highly purposed cultural canvas beginning with his second feature film, “School Daze” (40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks – 1988), which included Jazz, Go-Go, Reggae-Pop, Spirituals, Traditional Score and Symphonic Funk. All of this music was brilliantly woven into the storylines, never merely for showy eclecticism. Indeed, one looked forward to Mr. Lee’s joints almost as much for the music as the movies themselves. “School Daze” set the precedent with an impressive collection of talents – many that would return to work on his projects again and again.

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A. Scott Galloway is a Music Journalist based in Los Angeles with background as a drummer and in radio and music retail. His specialty niche is writing liner note essays for reissues and anthologies of music by Classic Soul artists for which he has composed over 300 projects. He recently wrote the Foreword for the coffee table book "Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann."

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