Annette, the heroine of Steve Cannon’s underground classic Groove, Bang, and Jive Around, is a black New Orleans teenager with serious family troubles and a recently acquired appetite for sex. In Cannon’s hands her story becomes a satire on every aspect of American culture: race politics, religion, and sexual freedom. In its opening chapters Groove is almost a conventional erotic novel, with the more frenzied sexual activity set against a backdrop of jazz and voodoo; but halfway through, Cannon takes his heroine to the Oz-like Oo-bla-dee, an idyllic country – supposedly founded by Dizzy Gillespie – where “people ran their own lives.” There, after witnessing much revelry and payback, Annette meets her real mother, who reveals to her the true circumstances of her birth. Although Groove, Bang, and Jive Around sold more than 150,000 copies when it first appeared, it was not available for twenty years, and copies of the 1997 printing have rarely stayed in one place long. This is the first eBook publication, aiming to make the book widely available while providing some much-needed income to its author and his organization.
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About the Author
STEVE CANNON, New Orleans-born hoodoo doctor, makes his home in New York’s Lower East Side, where he is known as a heckler. He is the author of several plays, essays, and a couple of unpublished novels. He is the director of the art and culture organization A Gathering of the Tribes with a magazine and gallery of the same name.
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Groove, Bang and Jive Around based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is NASTY. It's an attempt to capture you with erotic prose but lacks the creativity to be erotica. It reads more like Penthouse forum. The sybolism is bogged down and has no flow. Even keeping with the context of the time period you can see the author lacks the ingenuity to come up with a better example of racial disharmony. The protagonist, a 14 yr old 'slut' by her own definition uses her body like that of an old whore past her prime. He sexual conquest lack the sensuality to make it a fun read. In fact it is tedious to get through. Also, the ending has no punch and you can tell he had become bored with the story and wanted to end the agony. Read only if you have nothing else to do.
GROOVE, BANG AND JIVE AROUND has rightfully become a classic - it is sexy, deep, and contemporary --crossing all racial and class lines. It puts us all in our proper place with humor and hurt. Steve Cannon is a sort of "high priest" of underground classic works which seem to travel aboveground. He is a great teacher for all. It is wonderful to see G,B & JA on ebook. Read it, folks.