Rickey Vincent

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Rickey Vincent is an African American-author, historian, and radio host based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is best known as the author of Funk: The Music, the People and the Rhythm of The One (St. Martin’s Press 1996).

Vincent obtained a Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley in 2008. He is a lecturer at Berkeley,[1] City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts in Oakland. Vincent has hosted the KPFA radio program “The History of Funk” since 1997.

Vincent has appeared on television documentaries involving black music and culture, including multiple episodes of Unsung. In 2013, Vincent released his second book, Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music (Chicago Review Press 2013).


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