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The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness
The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

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Manufacturer: Graywolf Press
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Author(s): Kevin Young

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9781555976071
Edition: Original
ISBN: 1555976077
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Graywolf Press
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Graywolf Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 476
Publication Date: 2012-03-13
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Release Date: 2012-03-13
Studio: Graywolf Press
Editorial Review:

*Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism*

*A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Literary Criticism and Essays Pick for Spring 2012*

The Grey Album, 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.

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