Thursday, March 8 2012
Four jazz musicians from Brooklyn, Ghana, and South Africa demonstrate how modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how such musical crossings altered the politics and culture of both continents.
Sunday, January 23 2011
PopMatters' writers (a margin-friendly, iconoclastic bunch, for the most part) cast their nets far beyond the world of culture-production to capture some of the best non-fiction books published in 2010.
Sunday, February 21 2010
With 14 years of study, new interviews, access to unreleased tapes, and the blessing of the Monk family, Robin Kelley has created a masterpiece of musical biography.
Friday, February 12 2010
Conspicuously absent from PM’s list of the best nonfiction for 2009 is Robin D. G. Kelly’s comprehensive biography of the high priest of bop, Thelonious Sphere Monk.