A Musical Journey Through Modern Black Britain: this extraordinary retelling of black British history will dazzle readers of all ages.
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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.
‘Engaging and accomplished . . . perfectly judged for young readers.’ Guardian
Engaging and accomplished... Boakye's text, enriched by Smart's striking images, is perfectly judged for young readers
Jeffrey Boakye is a special talent and Musical Truth is a special book... [it] deserves to be read widely by young people
A fascinating read
A fantastic read... boasting superb illustration from Ngadi Smart
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
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