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The chapter opens with a lengthy list of deaths of characters from earlier parts of the book—many from illness, some from violence, few of them natural. Vena and Thomas separate in Eugene, she and the kids in one house, Thomas and some band members in another. Thomas shaves off his signature dreadlocks, triggering false speculation that he too is dying. As Al Green’s financial resources wane, people close to Mapfumo encourage him to stop singing politics and make peace with the Mugabe regime, which is now harassing him with legal threats. Police have confiscated four BMWs from Mapfumo’s home in...

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