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Nothing but the Music: Documentaries from Nightclubs, Lofts, Dance Halls & a Tailor’s Shop in Dakar

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30 review for Nothing but the Music: Documentaries from Nightclubs, Lofts, Dance Halls & a Tailor’s Shop in Dakar

  1. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Sooo good. Just wish it was about 3 times longer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Scholar, poet, and journalist involved with music, cultural reporting, art and performance, Thulani Davis’s works are engagements with time, place, self, and community. The poems of Nothing but the Music have been adapted to music by Cecil Taylor, Derek Jarman (her husband), Henry Threadgill and other significant Black composers of 20th-century American music, but the poems stand by themselves as completed works. Some lines from “It’s Time for the Rhythm Review” that I particularly like: I know th Scholar, poet, and journalist involved with music, cultural reporting, art and performance, Thulani Davis’s works are engagements with time, place, self, and community. The poems of Nothing but the Music have been adapted to music by Cecil Taylor, Derek Jarman (her husband), Henry Threadgill and other significant Black composers of 20th-century American music, but the poems stand by themselves as completed works. Some lines from “It’s Time for the Rhythm Review” that I particularly like: I know there’s only minutes left have to tune in find out if it’s a riot in LA or if we can still dance to Teddy Pendergrass & songs we hummed before they made love stories called “Damage” Al Green is crying, Aw baby, did you mean that? . . . I learned my name is Rodney King long ago and I’m waiting waiting for a verdict. . . a kid from Brownsville asked me had I ever seen any violence that's why I clean my house listening to songs from the past times when no one asked anyone if they’d seen a town burn cause baby everybody had. There are lots of other good verses here, too: “T-Monious,” “Lawn Chair on the Side Walk,” a handful of poems for Cecil Taylor, and others—poetry of celebration, struggle, and life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg Bem

    A fantastic, brief selection of the works by Thulani Davis, a pivotal figure of the Black Arts Movement and jazz-centered performance poetry in the 70s and 80s. The work is incredibly musical, often feeling (in a good way) like the verse is only painting part of the picture. The historical anecdotes included in the introductions provide substantial context for where Davis was living and where her poetry was originating.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Music masquerading as poetry. Found in a too-cool shop in Bristol. Especially liked 'Back stage drama' and 'It's time for the rhythm revue.' Music masquerading as poetry. Found in a too-cool shop in Bristol. Especially liked 'Back stage drama' and 'It's time for the rhythm revue.'

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    I know it's a bit facile to say about a book of poetry that is good just as poetry, but it should come with a double LP of the music the poems are frequently set to as well. I know it's a bit facile to say about a book of poetry that is good just as poetry, but it should come with a double LP of the music the poems are frequently set to as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Read aloud.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Radia

    Spellbinding.

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    angelica

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    Evan Welsh

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    Jeff

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    Jenn Pelly

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    Kyle Smith

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    mikaylabry

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    Aaron

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    Mari Lewis

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    Marya Gates

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    Rafael Lubner

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    Mike

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    H.L.H.

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    Paulina Samborska

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    Danya Auda

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    Jarek

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