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Musical Truth

Jeffrey Boakye
Illustrated by Ngadi Smart

This extraordinary retelling of black British history will dazzle readers of all ages.

68 in stock

£12.99
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571366484
Date Published
03.06.2021
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Summary

Music can carry the stories of history like a message in a bottle.

Lord Kitchener, Neneh Cherry, Smiley Culture, Stormzy . . . Groundbreaking musicians whose songs have changed the world. But how? This exhilarating playlist tracks some of the key shifts in modern British history, and explores the emotional impact of 28 songs and the artists who performed them.

This book redefines British history, the Empire and postcolonialism, and will invite you to think again about the narratives and key moments in history that you have been taught up to now.

Thrilling, urgent, entertaining and thought-provoking, this beautifully illustrated companion to modern black music is a revelation and a delight.

Critic Reviews

Engaging and accomplished... Boakye's text, enriched by Smart's striking images, is perfectly judged for young readers

Guardian
Critic Reviews

Jeffrey Boakye is a special talent and Musical Truth is a special book... [it] deserves to be read widely by young people

Books for Keeps
Critic Reviews

A fascinating read

The Week Junior
Critic Reviews

A fantastic read... boasting superb illustration from Ngadi Smart

Clash Magazine
Critic Reviews

Thorough and inspiring... Boakye's knowledge and passion shines through... Not just essential reading for older children and teens (and adults!) but essential listening too.

BookTrust
Critic Reviews

From Kitch's Windrush optimism to Jords' visceral defiance via John Barnes' rap, this clever and accessible book connects the dots of UK Black history through music. It made me linger on my own memories of these songs and widen my understanding of my family's experiences.

Patrice Lawrence, author of Eight Pieces of Silva and Orangeboy
JeffreyBoakye

Jeffrey Boakye is a writer, teacher and music enthusiast originally from Brixton, London. His books include Hold Tight and Black, Listed. He is also the co-author of What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions. Jeffrey lives in East Yorkshire with his wife and two sons.

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