In the last episode of Pop, Race, and the ’60s, Scott Poulson-Bryant, award-winning journalist and cofounder of Vibe magazine, joins Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton to talk about the end of the 1960s, as reflected in the music of Sly and the Family Stone and the Rolling Stones. They listen to songs from the dawn of the 1970s, when both groups were at turning points: “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” which sees Sly Stone complicating his upbeat integrationist pop with darker themes, and “Brown Sugar,” perhaps the most confounding moment in the Stones’ troublesome career.
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