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The grey album : on the blackness of blackness

Author: Kevin Young
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Taking its title from Danger Mouse's pioneering mash-up of Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album, Kevin Young's encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate the African American tradition of lying--telling tales, fibbing, improvising, jazzing up, "storying." What emerges is a persuasive argument for the many ways that African American culture is American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Young
ISBN: 9781555976071 1555976077
OCLC Number: 740628824
Awards: Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, 2010.
Description: 483 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Overture --
bk. 1. Elsewhere. The shadow book --
How not to be a slave : on the Black art of escape --
Chorus one : steal away : slavery and its discontents --
bk. 2. Strange fruit. Broken tongue : Paul Laurence Dunbar, his descendants, and the dance of dialect --
Chorus two : it don't mean a thing : the blues mask of modernism --
"If you can't read, run anyhow!" : Langston Hughes and the poetics of refusal --
bk. 3. Heaven is Negro. Chorus three : ugly beauty : postmodernism and all that jazz --
Broken giraffe : Bob Kaufman, the song, and the silence --
Chorus four : moanin' : soul music and the power of pleasure --
bk. 4. Cosmic slop. Interstellar space : toward a post-soul poetics --
Final chorus : Planet Rock : the end of the record: The third coming ; 100 guns ; 36 chambers ; 99 problems --
Deadism.
Other Titles: On the blackness of blackness
Responsibility: Kevin Young.

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"Taking its title from Danger Mouse's pioneering mash-up of Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album, Kevin Young's encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate the African American tradition of lying--telling tales, fibbing, improvising, jazzing up, "storying." What emerges is a persuasive argument for the many ways that African American culture is American culture, and for the centrality of art--and artfulness--to our daily lives. Moving from gospel to soul, funk to freestyle, Young shifts through the shadows, the bootleg, the remix--all the grey areas of our history, literature, and music."--Page 4 of cover.

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