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Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780807057520
Author(s): Rashod Ollison
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Beacon Press
Dimensions: 157 x 236 x 30 (w x l x h)
Pages: 240

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A coming-of-age memoir about a young boy in rural Arkansas who searches for himself and his distant father through soul music Growing up in rural Arkansas, young Rashod Ollison turned to music to make sense of his life. The dysfunction, sadness, and steely resilience of his family and neighbors was reflected in the R&B songs that played on 45s in smoky rooms. Steeped in the sounds, the smells, the salty language of rural Arkansas in the 1980s, 'Soul Serenade' is the memoir of a pop music critic whose love for soul music was fostered by his father, Raymond. Drafted into the Vietnam War as a teenager, Raymond returned a changed man, dead on the inside. After his parents volatile marriage ended in divorce, Rashod was haunted by the memory of his itinerant father and his mama s long forgotten sunshine smile. For six-year-old Rashod, his father s record collection the music of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, and others provided solace, coherence, and escape. Moving nine times during his childhood, Rashod constantly adjusted to new schools and homes with his two sisters, Dusa and Reagan, and his mother, Dianne. Resilient and tough, while also being distant and punitive, she worked multiple jobs, striving to make ends wave at each other if they couldn t meet. He spent time with his acerbic mother s mother, Mama Teacake, and her family s living-out-loud ways, which clashed with his father s family religious
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