Soul Serenade

Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl

A memoir about a boy in Arkansas who searches for himself and his distant father through soul music.

By Rashod Ollison Read by C.S. Treadway Biographies & Memoirs / LGBTQIA / Music / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 8h 31m Sell Sheet
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7 Audio CDs November 8, 2017 $34.99 $24.99 9781520090269 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs November 8, 2017 $24.99 $14.99 9781520090290 Add to Cart
							Soul Serenade is the memoir of pop music critic Rashod Ollison, whose love for soul music was fostered by his father, a disturbed Vietnam vet. After his parents' volatile marriage ended in divorce when Rashod was six years old, he retreated into the records his father left behind-discovering that the music of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, and others provided solace and coherence. Soul Serenade is the captivating coming-of-age story of a boy who tries to makes sense of life in central Arkansas in the 1980s and '90s, his family's tragic past, and his sexuality, all through empowering soul music.

"An elegiac look at a childhood marked by violence, dysfunction, poverty, sorrow-and plenty of good music." - Kirkus Reviews

"Testifies to the powerful ways that music provides the soundtrack underneath the harmony and discord of his life...Ollison's moving memoir captures and colorfully reveals the ways that music can soothe the pain." - Publishers Weekly

"Ollison is to be highly commended for writing this, tough, disturbing, heartfelt, and music-filled book and for making his easily stereotyped family life and background movingly real...Readers will be turning to downloads, podcasts, CDs-and records-to play along to get full effect of this riveting and engaging book. They will also be anxious for Rashod Ollison's next set to drop." - Lambda Literary

"Gifted memoirist Ollison uses the authentic language of home, profane and poetic, to vividly describe a childhood lived in a state of impermanence." - The Minneapolis Star Tribune