August 26, 2015

Boots Riley spoke about his book, Tell Homeland Security--We Are the Bomb, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

As part of the rap group The Coup, among other projects, Riley is a socially conscious and notoriously defiant rapper from the Bay Area, who has been observing cultural movements and creating music for more than twenty years. This collection of lyrics, commentary, and photographs is Riley’s personal history as well as an account of some of America’s most divisive social conversations from the past two decades, including absurdist arguments, colorful language, and revolutionary viewpoints.

Boots Riley: Tell Homeland Security-We Are the Bomb By Boots Riley, Adam Mansbach (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Boots Riley, Adam Mansbach (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781608462537
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Published: Haymarket Books - August 4th, 2015


May 17, 2015

Philip Glass spoke about his book, Words Without Music, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

The son of a Baltimore record-shop owner, Glass was a musical prodigy who nonetheless failed to get into Julliard on the first try. Later he worked as a cab driver in New York, studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and then, with Einstein on the Beach in 1976, became one of the most powerful creative forces in contemporary music. In this personable and vibrant memoir, Glass looks back over his wide-ranging oeuvre and details his collaborations with artistic luminaries including Twyla Tharp, Ravi Shankar, Martin Scorsese, and many other directors, singers, musicians, and choreographers. Glass is in conversation with Bob Boilen.

Words Without Music: A Memoir By Philip Glass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631491436
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Published: Liveright - May 3rd, 2016


July 24, 2013

Mark Kurlansky spoke about his book, Ready for a Brand New Beat, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was recorded at Motown’s Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas, with lead singer Martha Reeves arranging her own vocals. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording—a precursor to disco, and a song about the joyousness of dance. But events overtook it, and the song became one of the icons of American pop culture. The Beatles had landed in the U.S. in early 1964. By the summer, the sixties were in full swing. The summer of 1964 was the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, “Dancing in the Street” gained currency as an activist anthem. The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all changing as the country changed. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history.

Ready for a Brand New Beat: How
ISBN: 9781594632730
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 1st, 2014