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Blues City - A Walk in Oakland

Ishmael Reed

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Genres:

Travel

Description:

Oakland is a blues city, brawling and husky . . . Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its twinkling sister city across the Bay, Oakland is itself an American wonder. The city is surrounded by and filled with natural beauty-mountains and hills and lakes and a bay-and architecture that mirrors its history as a Spanish mission, Gold Rush outpost, and home of the West's most devious robber barons. It's also a city of artists and blue-collar workers, the birthplace of the Black Panthers, neighbor to Berkeley, and home to a vibrant and volatile stew of immigrants and refugees. In Blues City, Ishmael Reed, one of our most brilliant essayists, takes us on a tour of Oakland, exploring its fascinating history, its beautiful hills and waterfronts, and its odd cultural juxtapositions. He takes us into a year in the life of this amazing city, to black cowboy parades and Indian powwows, to Black Panther reunions and Gay Pride concerts, to a Japanese jazz club where a Lakota musician plays Coltrane's "Naima." Reed provides a fascinating tour of an un-tamed, unruly western outpost set against the backdrop of political intrigues, ethnic rivalries, and a gentrification-obsessed mayor, opening our eyes not only to a singular city, but to a newly emerging America. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Allen

Length:

5h 8m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:25