Come meet Greg Tate, one the more provocative and important critical voices today in contemporary Black music, art, literature, film, and politics.Flyboy 2 includes interviews with Miles Davis and Ice Cube, review of Suzan-Lori Parks’s Topdog/Underdog, commentary on Wayne Shorter, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, and much more.
Steven Thrasher, writing about Flyboy 2 in The Guardian: “…While philosophy is explored in essays on visual artists (Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker), choreographers (Bill T Jones), comics (Richard Pryor) and musical artists (Björk, Azealia, Miles, Gil and Michael), Tate’s existential exploration really lies in the deployment of his language and vernacular. His linguistic phrasing is relentlessly his own, delightfully challenging readers to think in new ways. And his language choices are inclined, as he puts it, to ‘incite a riot among those copy desks and style-book fetishists who pretend that lower casing Black is sensible and not white-power jockeying taken to the grammatical level.’ ”
Greg Tate’s work has appeared in many publications, including the Village Voice, Vibe, Spin, the Wire, and Downbeat. He is the author of “Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America” and “Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience” and the editor of “Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture.” Tate, via guitar and baton, also leads the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who tour internationally and have appeared more than once at Revolution Books
Wednesday, August 31, 7pm