The Month In Jazz – November 2020 From Stereogum

Source: Stereogum.

Indeed, a new book describes in detail just how much Amiri Baraka loved Newark, and how much a part of him the city really was. James Smethurst’s Brick City Vanguard: Amiri Baraka, Black Music, Black Modernity, published by the University Of Massachusetts Press, is a fascinating study of Baraka’s life and work. In a series of linked essays, Smethurst analyzes his biography, the evolution of his political beliefs, his association with the Beat poets and eventual break with them to launch the Black Arts movement, his poetry, and — most importantly to readers of this column — his interest in and work with jazz.