Author(s): Will Ashon
A groundbreaking new book that shines a new light on race, music and politics in the USA - told through the medium of Wu Tang. "Stylistically loaded, reckless, funny, naked, thorough, thoughtful, mysterious, devastating, unrelenting, and compassionate. One of the most rewarding pieces of hip hop criticism ever written."--Jeff Chang Will Ashon tells, in 36 interlinked "chambers," the story of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and how it changed the world. As unexpected and complex as the album itself, Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualize, reveal and honor this singularly composite work of art. From the FBI's war on drugs to the porn theaters of 42nd street, from the history of jazz to the future of politics, Chamber Music is an explosive and revelatory new way of writing about music and culture.