Digitopia Blues

Race, Technology, and the American Voice

Author/Illustrator/Editor: John Sobol (CA)

A lyrical analysis of the intersections between poetic speech and music, intertwined with the history of black/white relations in America.Digitopia Blues is a fluid narrative about orality and literacy — their individual histories, and their blended futures. Musician and poet John Sobol pinpoints the African American struggle to find a language of revolutionary power through orality and music, as well as the literate poet’s impulse to transcend the printed page. Then he locates literacy and orality in the new digital media, in rap, in rave and even in Napster. Sobol’s book is intertwined with the stories of the blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, the powerful world of the printed word and the potential dangers and advantages that digital communications technologies offer people of colour.

Banff Centre Press
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
05/16/20029780920159897SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
EnglishPaperback / softback6 in x 9 inC$26.95192