The Grey Album

The Grey Album

On the Blackness of Blackness

Book - 2012
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"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-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."--P. 4 of cover.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Graywolf Press, c2012
Description: 483 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781555976071
1555976077
Branch Call Number: 305.896 You

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Apr 30, 2018

Poet/critic/writer/New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young recently wrote a book called "Bunk," which was a wide-ranging, sharp, and engaging look at our current post-truth moment of alternate facts and fake news, while also situating it in the historical context of hoaxes, fakes, and cons, which he sees as American as baseball and blue jeans. His earlier book, "The Grey Album" is also wide-ranging and erudite, drawing from literature, music of all sorts, pop culture, poetry, film, and about a dozen other sources in its quest to locate and analyze blackness and black identity in American culture, both high and low. It takes its name from Danger Mouse's now legendary mash up of "The Black Album" and "The White Album," and like that album, Young's book performs a similar type of bringing together disparate elements with surprising results.

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