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The Grey Album: Music, Shadows, Lies

The Grey Album: Music, Shadows, Lies

Kevin Young
4/5 (169 ratings)
The first work of prose by the brilliant poet Kevin Young, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

 

Taking its title from Danger Mouse’s pioneering mashup of Jay-Z’s The Black Album and the Beatles’ The White Album, Kevin Young’s encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical choruses to illustrate the African American tradition of lying—storytelling, telling tales, fibbing, improvising, “jazzing.” 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 life. Moving from gospel to soul, funk to freestyle, Young sifts through the shadows, the bootleg, the remix, the grey areas of our history, literature, and music.

 
Language
English
Pages
476
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Graywolf Press
Release
March 13, 2012
ISBN
1555976077
ISBN 13
9781555976071

The Grey Album: Music, Shadows, Lies

Kevin Young
4/5 (169 ratings)
The first work of prose by the brilliant poet Kevin Young, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

 

Taking its title from Danger Mouse’s pioneering mashup of Jay-Z’s The Black Album and the Beatles’ The White Album, Kevin Young’s encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical choruses to illustrate the African American tradition of lying—storytelling, telling tales, fibbing, improvising, “jazzing.” 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 life. Moving from gospel to soul, funk to freestyle, Young sifts through the shadows, the bootleg, the remix, the grey areas of our history, literature, and music.

 
Language
English
Pages
476
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Graywolf Press
Release
March 13, 2012
ISBN
1555976077
ISBN 13
9781555976071

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