Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
Greg Tate is a music and popular culture critic and journalist whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Village Voice, Vibe, Spin, the Wire, and Downbeat. He is the author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and the editor of Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. Tate, via guitar and baton, also leads the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who tour internationally.
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The second section consists of essays on Black female artists, musicians, and writers. Tate describes his true calling as a Black Lesbian gangsta feminist. He tracks how Black feminism thrives (even if sometimes in silence), its impact on him, and his call to other Black men to embrace feminist politics. The section collects interviews he’s done with female musicians on their influences and creative impulses. With essays on artists like Kara Walker and Wangechi Mutu, Tate tracks his belief that good artists are master tricksters, utterly effective at getting us to look at some obvious marker while they're secretly obsessed with something else entirely.