"In Who Can Afford to Improvise?, Ed Pavlic unearths James Baldwin's epic song--one shaped and honed by sacred and popular music. This rumination of intricate details celebrates Baldwin's vision of democratic conscience. Pavlic gives us a flesh-and-blood subject formed through a lyrical determinism of deep feeling. Through turn of thought and juxtaposition of historical and personal evidence, he embraces Baldwin's need for justice and truth."--Yusef Komunyakaa"A brilliant and original study of Baldwin as the ultimate bluesman." --David Ritz, author of Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin"Pavlic offers the most extensive engagement to date with Baldwin's lifelong love affair with black music, but he also provides the most sustained and compelling account of how Baldwin's work speaks (or sings) to our present global condition."--Emily Lordi, author of Black Resonance: Iconic WomenSingers and African American LiteratureRezension:
"Pavlic offers the most extensive engagement to date with Baldwin's life-long love affair with black music; but he also provides the most sustained and compelling account of how Baldwin's work speaks to (or sings to) our present global condition."-Emily Lordi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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