The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

by Kevin Young
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The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young

*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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555976071
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Pages: 476
Sales rank: 257,513
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Kevin Young is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Ardency and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is a curator and the Atticus Haygood Professor at Emory University.

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The Grey Album: Music, Shadows, Lies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm impressed that Young managed to get it to 400 pages. I wish there was more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago