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The best new books for Black History Month

“The Low End Theory isn’t only about that which cannot be heard,” he writes, “but it is also about society’s unseen, the people who exist but may be able to navigate an entire landscape as invisible, until some violence or some tragedy deems them less so.”

Blending his experiences of the history of black music with a close examination of each member of the group’s contributions, Abdurraqib shows how the messages of the Tribe were directly related to the punishing conditions of the era in which their sounds were made.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte