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The Isley Brothers' 3+3

The Isley Brothers' 3+3, dissects The Isleys’ 50-year-old undisputed masterwork, an album that firmly established their music dynasty on a global scale, as well as heralding the boldest run of genre-defiant albums of their 65-year career. The 1973 watershed was their first multiplatinum release and is significant as a rare, crossover record by a Black act that struck a chord with urban, rock and pop consumers, despite the schisms between audiences due to bias-driven media and industry marketing.


The book looks at the album from all angles: From The Isleys’ early career to their influence on rock and rollers both Black and White, from the twists and turns of having national hits without national recognition, onto their decision to form T-Neck Records and the group’s challenges navigating a music industry that racially codified music and hampered Black artists from universal acclaim and compensations--and finally a summation of the decades following The Isley’s run and its ups and downs, with a fast-forward to where the group is now after 65 years.

The Isley Brothers' 3+3

  • Darrell M. McNeill

    Discusses America’s most tenured rock and roll band (of 66 years), their breakout masterpiece album, 3+3, and the twists and turns of being a foundational Black act in rock music navigating institutional racism in the music business.

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  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 02-05-2024
    Format: Paperback | 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 | 144 pages
  • About the Author

    Darrell M. McNeill is a Santa Barbara-based producer, musician, composer, arranger, contractor, promoter, critic, and journalist. He is director of operations for the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), a grassroots 501c3 advocacy, promotion and production nonprofit for artists of color who defy the music industry’s stereotypical constructs regarding Black music, and has written for publications such as the Village Voice, VIBE, SPIN, and RAVERS.

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