The L.A. TV Show That Taught America How to Groove

Nelson George Dissects the SoCal Style That Made ‘Soul Train’ a National Phenomenon

Squaring Off with Nelson George

In Squaring Off, Zócalo invites authors into the public square to answer five questions about the essence of their books. For this round, we pose questions to music historian Nelson George, author of The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style.

George takes us behind the scenes of the long-lived, iconic variety show that brought booty-shaking moves, the pairing of knickerbocker pants with striped socks, and the ballads of Al Green to living rooms across the country. It also takes us into the mind of …

More In: Squaring Off