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Soul Covers: Rhythm and Blues Remakes and the Struggle for Artistic Identity (Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Phoebe Snow) (Refiguring American Music) Paperback – May 4, 2007


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“Michael Awkward’s Soul Covers signals the beginning of a new era in the critical engagement with African American music of the 1960s and 1970s. Moving beyond the historical overviews and critical biographies that have defined the field, he provides three crucial albums with the kinds of close reading usually reserved for canonical literary texts. His choices are unusual and inspired, offering pathways into a richer understanding of Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and the greatly underappreciated Phoebe Snow. Awkward captures the complex music of the era in writing that, like its subjects, has real soul.”—Craig Werner, author of A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America


“With Soul Covers, Michael Awkward weds his devotion to close reading to his appreciation of rhythm and blues and soul music, creating a book that stands out as unique among the scholarship and criticism on black popular music.”—Mark Anthony Neal, author of Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation

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"With Soul Covers, Michael Awkward weds his devotion to close reading to his appreciation of rhythm and blues and soul music, creating a book that stands out as unique among the scholarship and criticism on black popular music."--Mark Anthony Neal, author of Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Refiguring American Music
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (May 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822339978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822339977
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,235,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Philadelphia who has taught at Emory University and the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Awkward is the Gayl A. Jones Professor of Afro-American Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan, where he began his career in 1986. His published work has focused primarily on representations of race and gender in 20th century black American expressive culture. Since his first book, a study of black women's literary tradition, he has sought to describe the impact upon the art and lived experiences of black Americans following World War II of received and perceived notions of black identity. In addition to examining literary texts by such major figures as Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and August Wilson, he has taken up such varied subjects as Mike Tyson's rape trial, Michael Jackson's attitudes about race, Al Green's negotiations of the divide between sacred and secular life, and his own coming-of-age as a young boy aware of some of the implications of gender inequity. Most recently, in "Burying Don Imus: Anatomy of a Scapegoat," he has contextualized reactions to Imus's description of members of the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" in terms of both the broadcaster's brand of comedy and reactions by black Americans to other recent controversies involving whites' seemingly racist language.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane K. Scott on December 1, 2007
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I am a huge Phoebe Snow fan. I will listen to anything, read anything, if it has to do with Phoebe Snow. This book isn't what I thought it was going to be, but it is totally worth the read. Three of my favorite artists, Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Phoebe Snow, what could be better? Soul music lovers should find this a must in their library.
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