Over his long creative career, multi-hyphenate Nelson George has worked with Baz Luhrmann, Misty Copeland, and even Williie Mays on a variety of critically acclaimed projects. Join Nick as he explores the highlights of Nelson's amazing life, a life spent immersed in the worlds of music, literature,
Publish Date: Jun 25, 2021
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Over his long creative career, multi-hyphenate Nelson George has worked with Baz Luhrmann, Misty Copeland, and even Williie Mays on a variety of critically acclaimed projects. Join Nick as he explores the highlights of Nelson's amazing life, a life spent immersed in the worlds of music, literature, and film. HIGHLIGHTS: [02:12] Growing up in the 1960s, Nelson's mother exposed him to a great deal of classic soul music [04:52] Nelson's monthly radio show, "The Nelson George Mixtape", not only highlights music that he loves, but deep dives into the history and career of the artists [07:10] Nelson points out that, back in the 70s and early 80s, top 40 radio was cross-pollinated by musicians and producers from soul, rock, disco, dance, and pop [09:41] The foundation Nelson laid in his 20s, writing about music, provided the connections that have paved the way for opportunities that came later in his life and career [12:20] After several years in visual arts, Nelson was compelled to begin writing again due to his father's passing from Covid-19 [13:23] Realizing that the market for critical musical history books isn't what it used to be, Nelson moved to subscriber platform Substack, where his writing can be accessed by a worldwide audience [14:51] Over the years Nelson has been a prolific writer, penning over a dozen books about many different musical eras and topics [17:01] Nelson teamed with Baz Luhrmann to create the Netflix show "The Get Down", a story about how hip-hop emerged from the ashes of disco [18:27] For the last two years, Nelson has been producing a series about Tupac and his mother for FX [19:59] Nelson is also producing a documentary about legendary baseball player Willie Mays for HBO [22:45] Meeting Misty Copeland at a party led Nelson to create the documentary "A Ballerina's Tale" about her physical therapy struggles [26:22] Although Nelson is creative in many different areas and disciplines, he believes that the best work comes from concentrating on only one thing at a time [27:54] Although he doesn't journal as much now as he used to, Nelson has years worth of notes and unpublished writing that he draws upon for his new material Thanks for listening! Tune in next week and don’t forget to take a minute to review the podcast. In this incredibly competitive podcasting world, every piece of feedback helps. Follow our social media channels for last-minute announcements and guest reveals @theradicalpod on Instagram and Facebook. Find out more about today’s guest, Nelson George. Find out more about your host, Nick Terzo MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: @algreen @smokeyrobinson @AliShaheed [Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest] @ATCQ [A Tribe Called Quest] @themidnighthour [The Midnight Hour... Ali Shaheed's side project] @RaphaelSaadiq @Miguel @CHICorg [Chic] @nilerodgers @Madonna @DavidBowieReal @TheB52s @PrettyMill1 [Stephanie Mills] @prince @IAMQUEENLATIFAH @BrunoMars @Nas @2PAC [Tupac Shak