- Series: American Music
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: University of Texas Press (February 1, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477316485
- ISBN-13: 978-1477316481
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (American Music) Paperback – February 1, 2019
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"[R]iveting and poetic…Abdurraqib's gift is his ability to flip from a wide angle to a zoom with ease. He is a five-tool writer, slipping out of the timeline to deliver vivid, memoiristic splashes as well as letters he's crafted to directly address the central players, dead and living." (Washington Post 2019-01-26)
"[W]arm, immediate, and intensely personal...This lush and generous book is a call to pay proper respects not just to a sound but to a feeling." (New York Times 2019-01-30)
"Abdurraqib's book doesn't attempt an arm's length, scholarly approach to analyzing the group and its music; instead, Abdurraqib speaks from his own experiences, often in the form of questioning or appreciative open letters to members of the band. It's a bold conceit, but if the book loses a bit of reserved objectivity in the process, it gains much more: an emotional grounding for why the group was so important to the author, and, by extension, why their music should matter to readers, too." (Foreword Reviews 2018-11-08)
"Even those who know little about the music will learn much of significance here, perhaps learning how to love it in the process." (Kirkus, Starred Review 2019-12-09)
"Go Ahead in the Rain is more than just an homage to A Tribe Called Quest…it's more like a reckoning. The result is a critical examination of the group—their message and history—as well as a musical memoir of sorts, and an exploration of the lasting impact music can have on the soul." (Vanity Fair 2018-12-20)
"Abdurraqib explores and exposes the power of music, of art, to not just connect with people, but to connect people, to make movements, to inspire change and revolution, on levels both large and small. In powerful, poetic language, Abdurraqib makes clear the legacy of ATCQ, both the one the group called upon for their own creation and the one they left behind." (Nylon 2019-01-02)
"Go Ahead in the Rain is an accurate, honest documentation of the band, their music, and the time…Brilliantly entertaining, informative, and self-reflective. This is essential reading." (February Indie Next List 2019-01-02)
"[Abdurraqib] allows us into his own history alongside the groundbreaking group, blending personal, musical, and cultural insights into something that truly resonates. " (Buzzfeed News 2019-01-04)
"The book comes to life when [Abdurraqib] speaks from his own experiences…Although Go Ahead in the Rain is a no-brainer for devoted hip-hop heads (even those who think they've read all there is to know about the group), Abdurraqib's poetic homage to ATCQ (and hip-hop in general) will captivate casual music fans as well." (Booklist, Starred Review 2019-01-08)
"Go Ahead in the Rain is a literary hybrid: part academic monograph on the group and its music, part pocket history of hip-hop, part memoir, and part epistolary elegy. It is a book that conveys the wonder of being a fan and the visceral impact of experiencing the feeling of having oneself reflected back in music and pop culture." (Publishers Weekly 2019-01-11)
"Go Ahead in the Rain reminds anyone fortunate enough to receive its pages that being black in America is to be part of a lineage, that no one person’s story exists in a vacuum, and that, like Hanif with Phife and Ali and Q and Jarobi, connective tissue exists all around us, invisible to the indifferent and brightly illuminated to the curious. " (Rembert Browne)
"This book is a gorgeous offering that will bury itself in the overjoyed heart of every kid who came of age in the '90s." (Samantha Irby)
"If readers first encounter Hanif Abdurraqib's Go Ahead in the Rain as a chronicle of fandom and the development of an aesthetic sensibility, when they come to his bereavement letters—addressing each member of A Tribe Called Quest on the breakup of the group—they will realize something far more compelling is going on. This book is about the struggle of the writer to fully connect with something bigger than himself—ultimately, the world at large, as it will present itself for the rest of his life." (Greil Marcus)
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For several reasons. As I said, listening to Abdurraqib wax poetic about and TO the members of Tribe is like curling up next to a stove. But what really moved me about this book is it’s sublimity.
The sentences are so beautifully crafted; the stories, both about the author and the band, vibrate with empathy and urgency; and the book is about so much more than Tribe. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that Tribe is about more than Tribe. And so is any music we love. For Abdurraqib, ATCQ is about his own brothers, being a nerd, growing up black with cassette tapes, Leonard Cohen (YES!!!!!), underdogs, excellence, punching and percussion. To name a few.
Needless to say, I’ve already ordered Abdurraqib’s book of essays and his book of poetry. The essays begin with an introduction by someone asking Abdurraqib to join a Death Cab For Cutie cover band!!! They want to be friends with him so desperately. I’m starting to feel the same way.
It’s pathetic, I know. So I’ll just keep reading.
Two major takeaways: I'm a Day One purchase for Hanif's next, and I can't stop listening to Midnight Marauders.
Thank you for your words, for your thoughts, and for your meditations. As you reflected on the impossibly great music that Tribe produced, you created the impossibly great book explaining, contextualizing, and honoring that music. This is the book that we all wish we could have written.