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Yuval Taylor

Born: 1963 in California
Connection to Illinois: Taylor lives in Chicago.

Biography: Yuval Taylor has worked as an editor with A Cappella Books and Lawrence Hill Books for many years. He writes and edits his own books and books he writes with others.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

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Selected Titles

Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop
ISBN: 9780393070989 OCLC: 755704993

W.W. Norton, New York : ©2012.

Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen investigate the complex history of black minstrelsy, adopted in the mid-nineteenth century by African American performers who played the grinning blackface fool to entertain black and white audiences. We now consider minstrelsy an embarrassing relic, but once blacks and whites alike saw it as a black art form--and embraced it as such. And, as the authors reveal, black minstrelsy remains deeply relevant to popular black entertainment, particularly in the work of contemporary artists like Dave Chappelle, Flavor Flav, Spike Lee, and Lil Wayne. Darkest America explores the origins, heyday, and present-day manifestations of this tradition, exploding the myth that it was a form of entertainment that whites foisted on blacks, and shining a sure-to-be controversial light on how these incendiary performances can be not only demeaning but also, paradoxically, liberating.

Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music
ISBN: 0393060780 OCLC: 76967119

W.W. Norton, New York : ©2007.

Traces the search for the elusive quality of authenticity in the music of the twentieth century, examining the roles of such musicians as Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Leadbelly, Neil Young, and Moby while reassessing what makes popular music work.

The Future of Jazz
ISBN: 1556524463 OCLC: 48892679

A Cappella, Chicago, Ill. : ©2002.

Jazz is now 100 years old, a venerable American institution predicated on the unpredictable. But recent signs - ranging from Ken Burn's documentary Jazz: A History of America's Music to the dominance of reissues of jazz over new recordings - have made many question whether jazz's past has now become more important than its future, or whether jazz has any future at all. In this book, composed entirely via e-mail, 10 leading jazz critics take on the various issues surrounding jazz's future - the dominance of mainstream jazz, its spread around the world, the difficulty of making a living playing it, the growth of repertory jazz, the dearth of interest among young African Americans, the paradoxically backward-looking nature of the avant-garde, and many others. Their conclusions are as surprising, witty, and edgy as the music itself.--Jacket.

Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal
ISBN: 0393243915 OCLC: 1037808120

Norton 2019

They were best friends. They were collaborators, literary gadflies, and champions of the common people. They were the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance. Zora Neale Hurston, the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Langston Hughes, the author of 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' and 'Let America Be America Again, ' first met in 1925, at a great gathering of black and white literati, and they fascinated each other. They traveled together in Hurston's dilapidated car through the rural South collecting folklore, worked on the play Mule Bone, and wrote scores of loving letters. They even had the same patron: Charlotte Osgood Mason, a wealthy white woman who insisted on being called 'Godmother.' Paying them lavishly while trying to control their work, Mason may have been the spark for their bitter and passionate falling-out. Was the split inevitable when Hughes decided to be financially independent of his patron? Was Hurston jealous of the young woman employed as their typist? Or was the rupture over the authorship of Mule Bone? Yuval Taylor answers these questions while illuminating Hurston's and Hughes's lives, work, competitiveness, and ambition, uncovering little-known details. [This book] is the dramatic and moving story of one of the most influential friendships in literature.--Jacket.