Nothing but the music : documentaries from nightclubs, dance halls & a tailor's shop in Dakar : 1974-1992 / Thulani Davis.

Davis, Thulani [Browse]
Brooklyn, NY : Blank Forms Editions, [2020]
63 pages ; 19 cm


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"The sounds of late '70s and '80s East Coast avant-garde jazz, soul, and punk rock are well documented, but in Nothing but the Music Thulani Davis gives us something beyond, delivering a collection of synesthetic, transportive documentary poems that breathe anecdotal and impressionistic life into a sonic-social history about which most can only speculate. Davis's verse takes free flight with its muses, scatting and leaping off the page as well as the shoulders of the musicians, dancers, and clubs she chronicles in these poems."--Page 4 of cover.
Foreword: give me the romance and the zoom / Jessica Hagedorn -- Introduction / Tobi Haslett -- For Ishmael Houston-Jones -- Mecca Flats 1907 -- C.T. at the Five Spot -- On 5 compositions Roscoe Mitchell -- Back stage drama (for Miami) -- X-75-Vol. I, Henry Threadgill "Side A (Sir Simpleton/Celebration)" -- X-75-Vol. I, Henry Threadgill "Side B (Air song/Fe fi fo fum)" -- Expandable language -- It's time for the Rhythm Revue -- Cicatrix -- He didn't give up/He was taken -- As I fly over this time -- Rogue & Jar: 4/27/77 -- C.T.'s variation -- Bad Brains, a band -- Storyville, New York City 7/28/77 -- A man's tailor/Dakar -- T-monious -- Leaving Goree -- Lawn chair on the sidewalk -- Zoom (the Commodores).
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