Obama Music

By Bonnie Greer

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Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, the author seeks to demonstrate that Barack Obama's Presidency is what she calls a 'South Side Presidency'. She offers a mixture of anecdotes about her own growing up in one of America's formidable Black communities, mixed in with observations on the origins and progress of the music of the South Side.

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Legend Press in an independent publishing company set-up in 2005 by then 25-year-old Tom Chalmers and has been shortlisted for numerous awards. Backed by an international sales, licensing and acquisitions network, it now publishes around 30 titles per year focused on literary, women's, historical and crime fiction.

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Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, London based author and playwright Bonnie Greer seeks to demonstrate that Barack Obama's Presidency is what she calls a 'South Side Presidency'. And that it is only the South Side of Chicago, with its history and culture and institutions that could have sent an African American, in this day and age, to the White House. 'Obama Music' is a mixture of anecdotes about her own growing up in one of America's most formidable Black communities, mixed in with observations on the origins and progress of the music of the South Side: gospel, blues, soul and jazz, and Barack and Michelle Obama's relation to the sound of their community. All of this is woven in with history ranging from the Great Migration at the end of World War One, to the and of the 60's, an era Obama himself has stated that he feels close to. This is not a conventional history book, nor a reporter-on-the campaign-trail account. 'Obama Music' is one African American woman's account of watching, from the other side of the ocean, history being made, a history rooted in the community of her birth, right in her own home town.


Small, opinionated, personal, anecdotal and full of music and insights, this book can sit alongside the more heavyweight tomes as a footnote to the phenomenon that is Obama Music.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Legend Press
Publication Date 31 Oct 2009
SKU 9781906558246-grouped
Number of Pages 288

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Greer expertly weaves in memories of her own upbringing in Chicago, with more humour than you might expect, along with a clear, defined passion for the music she grew up listening to. She wants to show, too, how both the place she lived in, and the songs she listened to, were full of unseen boundaries that had held people back - but also gave them something to fight against. Independent on Sunday Woven through this book is the complex sociology of Chicago, an Irish-run town where the annual St Patrick's Day Parade seemed to her like a Kremlin march-past; where chitlins were on the table every Sunday; and where the first wave of Afro-centrism inspired her friends to adopt "names a yard long and attitudes to match. The Herald potentially... one of the best; or at least one of the most intriguing' Obama books to be published. Robaroundbooks.com A mixture of anecdotes about the author's own growing up in one of America's most formidable Black communities, mixed in with observations on the origins and progress of the music of the South Side: gospel, blues, soul and jazz, and Barack and Michelle Obama's relation to the sound of their community. The Guardian

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