It’s the song of the summer—of 1964. Dial up some Motown and do a little summer dancing.
I feel like listening to some nonfiction this weekend, and remembered this book from a few years ago: Ready for a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America.
Author Mark Kurlansky, who is known for the single-minded specificity of his books (I first encountered his writing in Cod, and then Salt, both of which I really enjoyed), applies his focus to one song and one summer, but it was a summer in which a lot of tumult and change was happening, and the song was a part of it. I’m looking forward to giving it a listen in audio book form, so I can keep on knitting, and getting up to dance hourly, when my naggy watch tells me it’s time to STAND UP.
You can read or listen on Amazon, and the book (read by Stephen Hoye, who has narrated an unbelievably long list of bestsellers) is also on audible.com.