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The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness.
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Graywolf Press
By: Kevin YoungThe 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.
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