Soul Cities’ Last Roundup: Los Angeles


Down to Nawlins, up to Chi-Town – for the last several weeks Nelson George has zig-zagged around the country, celebrating the impact of African American culture on certain metropolises. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 16 at 9 pm, Soul Cities comes to a conclusion on the West Coast, examining historic and modern aspects of L.A.

He begins with explaining the importance of Berry Gordy‘s decision to move his Motown headquarters from Detroit to the Sunset Strip, and he gets his hair cut at the High Line Barbershop, a place where Magic Johnson or Andre 3000 might walk in for a trim.? The show spills forward from there: a chat with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds about 80s groove music and 00’s business logic, a plate of fried chicken at? Aunt Kizzy?s Back Porch and Roscoe?s Chicken n Waffles, a tete a tete with Angie Stone where the singer discusses the spirits residing in in Marvin Gaye?s studios, and a connection with Al B. Sure, New Jack Swing hero and current radio jock, talking about the city’s R&B lineage.

And as he does in ever episode of Soul Cities, George goes crate-digging, this time at Amoeba Records where he declares Gaye’s I Want You to be the “best in-the-basement record ever.”

Facebook members can see photos from all the Soul Cities shoots on Nelson George’s page.

Watch a playlist of videos from soul artists associated with Las Angeles.

Check the full list of Team George’s L.A. stops, and see extra clips (Angie Stone and Amoeba Records) after the jump.


Motown Records former building site
6225 Sunset Blvd

Highline Barber shop
7811 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036

Solar Records / Edmonds Entertainment Building
1635 N. Cahuenga Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028


Farmer?s Market
6333 W3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90036

Pink?s Hot Dogs
709 North La Brea Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038

Aunt Kizzie?s
4325 Glencoe Ave Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Roscoe?s Chicken & Waffles
1518 N. Gower St Hollywood, CA 90028


92.3 FM
3400 West Olive Ave

The Arc Light Cinema & Cinearama Dome
6360 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

Amoeba Records
6400 Sunset Blvd

Little Temple Bar (Silver Lake)
4519 Santa Monica Blvd Silver Lake, CA 90029

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