Yesterday, I started reading Nelson George’s Buppies, B-boys, Baps, and Bohos: Notes on Post-soul Black Culture (2001). I am using George’s book as research for my new novel Love’s Troubadours – Symon: Book Two. Like my main character Symon Allure, George was born and bred in Brooklyn. Symon also represents a buppy, b-boy, and boho.
Do you know what a buppy, b-boy, bap, and boho stand for?
Check out Publisher’s Weekly description of George’s book (from Amazon.com) below.
Village Voice columnist George has already established his scholarly depth and his gift for stylish, finger-on-the-pulse reporting on black music with his The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Where Did Our Love Go? The Rise & Fall of the Motown Sound . This collection of articles, nearly all of them reprinted from the Village Voice , marks him also as a knowledgeable, entertaining critic of African American popular culture generally and its pervasive influence on American life. Beginning with an astute, comprehensive, polemical time line, “A Chronicle of Post-Soul Black Culture,” George traces black mass culture from the 1970s “blaxploitation” films through Alex Haley’s Roots saga and comic Richard Pryor’s sociopolitical humor up to the explosive popularity of hip-hop. His observations on the origins of rap in New York City black neighborhoods are valuable, and two probing essays–on the fatal 1985 shooting by a white Manhattan police officer of black Phillips Exeter Academy student Edmund Perry, and on the near-cosmic importance of basketball among black teens–vividly illustrate George’s sensitivity to the social complexities of African American life.
What are you reading this Spring?
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