Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest

Ian Zack (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$28.95  $26.63
Publisher
Beacon Press
Publish Date
April 14, 2020
Pages
288
Dimensions
6.3 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780807035320
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About the Author

Ian Zack has been a writer and editor for two decades. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, and Acoustic Guitar. Zack's award-winning first book, Say No to the Devil: The Life & Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis, was called "magisterial" by the Wall Street Journal.

Reviews

"Fascinating . . . . Odetta fans will delight in this timely biography."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Those unaware of her work will be compelled to learn more. An illuminating, stirring biography of the extraordinary 'Queen of American Folk.'"
--Library Journal, Starred Review

"A thoughtful portrait of an artist who never quite became as famous as she deserved to be . . . A much needed biography of a crucial American artist and activist."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"Zack . . . is convincing in his argument that Odetta Holmes has been underappreciated for too long . . . . An effective biography that demonstrates Odetta's wide, deep legacy."
--Kirkus Reviews

"An absorbing portrait of a seminal artist. Odetta was my Queen."
--Joan Baez, musician and activist

"Ian Zack has captured the essence of one of music's most legendary icons. Odetta is a definitive and revelatory biography, truly worthy of the queen herself."
--Ronald D. Cohen, coauthor of Roots of the Revival and Folk City

Praise for Ian Zack's Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis

"[A] magisterial biography . . . Half saint, half sinner, all singer-songwriter . . . the Rev. Gary Davis is that blind man you brushed by on your way to the stadium to see the big act perform. Zack's brilliant account compels us to pause for a long look at an artist who was always there, even if we didn't see him."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Long time comin' and here at last! This fabulous book is for those who want to read, hear, and troll the depths of Americana music for incredible artists. Once you come across Rev. Gary Davis, you are forever hooked by his creative brilliance. From his earliest recordings to his last, Zack illuminates what made 'the Rev' so unique. Enjoy yourself! It's a good un'!"
--Taj Mahal