By Bonnie Greer
Born and raised at the South facet of Chicago, London established writer and playwright Bonnie Greer seeks to illustrate that Barack Obama's Presidency is what she calls a 'South part Presidency'. And that it's only the South facet of Chicago, with its background and tradition and associations that can have despatched an African American, at the moment, to the White condo. 'Obama Music' is a mix of anecdotes approximately her personal transforming into up in a single of America's such a lot bold Black groups, jumbled together with observations at the origins and development of the tune of the South part: gospel, blues, soul and jazz, and Barack and Michelle Obama's relation to the sound in their group. All of this can be woven in with historical past starting from the nice Migration on the finish of worldwide conflict One, to the and of the 60's, an period Obama himself has acknowledged that he feels on the subject of. this isn't a standard historical past ebook, nor a reporter-on-the campaign-trail account. 'Obama Music' is one African American woman's account of observing, from the opposite aspect of the sea, background being made, a historical past rooted in the neighborhood of her beginning, correct in her own residence city. Small, opinionated, own, anecdotal and whole of track and insights, this e-book can take a seat along the extra heavyweight tomes as a footnote to the phenomenon that's Obama song.
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