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.
Introduction: Lust, of All Things (Black)
The introduction describes the origins of Greg Tate’s love of all things Black culture or, more specifically, of Black cognition—the way Black people think, mentally and physically, and how those ways of thinking and being inform artistic choices. Tate describes himself as a child of the 1970s and as a Pan-Afrikanist. He cites Black feminist writers, jazz, and hip-hop as strong influences on his cultural sensibilities. As an amateur (but energetic) Black rock musician himself, Tate describes getting so much joy out of playing that that he found himself thinking in moments of ecstasy and delirium that he’d rather be a mediocre musician than a great writer.
“Come Join the Hieroglyphic Zombie Parade”: “Come Join the Hieroglyphic Zombie Parade: Deborah Grant”, unpublished manuscript.