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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

Length:

2h 6m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:58