"Rock is problematized for Black people."

Farai Chideya's novel Kiss The Sky hits bookstores today.  I spent close to 30 minutes talking with Farai about the book, and here is part one, which runs approximately 15 minutes. In it, we cover:

  • Her motivations for doing the novel
  • Her early influences
  • The role of imagination in her family
  • Her club kid roots and her "goth-y" posse
  • Why focus on American Black rock
  • How and why rock is "problematized" for Black people
  • The differences between rock, jazz and soul
  • The growth stocks vs. value investment analogy, as related to music

Check back for part 2 tomorrow!

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