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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library WAL (Text) 33500013373295 New Checked out 05/01/2021
Moorhead Public Library WAL (Text) 33500013376280 New Checked out 05/10/2021

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  • ISBN: 9781982140168
  • ISBN: 198214016X
  • ISBN: 9781982140175
  • ISBN: 1982140178
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First 37 Ink/Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Simon & Schuster, 2021.

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Summary, etc.:
"Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can't imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job--despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar's amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records. In early seventies New York City, just as she's finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal's bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth. Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo's most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything."-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    *Starred Review* After being named the first African American and the first woman editor in chief of the music magazine Aural, S. Sunny Shelton (aka S. Sunny Curtis) adopts a passion project: gathering the oral history of Opal Jewel and Nev Charles, an avant-garde rock duo who found success and a certain cult following in the early seventies. How Opal, the ebony-skinned provocateur, the fashion rebel, the singer/screecher/Afro-Punk ancestor from Detroit, and goofy white English boy Nev met is the stuff of legend, and Sunny has her own proximity to their story: her father played drums for Opal & Nev, and was killed by the white-supremacist brawlers who stormed one of their concerts. A world-famous photo exists of that terrible night, just one of the many topics Sunny takes to her interviewees—music execs, bandmates, fellow artists, friends, family, and the stars themselves, all memorable characters—for her sprawling documentary project. Former magazine editor Walton's debut novel is so lucidly envisioned, readers will wish that YouTube videos existed of the fictional Opal & Nev. The last third especially shines, when Sunny and Opal break through to each other on a new level and readers understand them both more thoroughly. A cinematic, stereophonic, and boldly imagined story of race, gender, and agency in art. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    *Starred Review* After being named the first African American and the first woman editor in chief of the music magazine Aural, S. Sunny Shelton (aka S. Sunny Curtis) adopts a passion project: gathering the oral history of Opal Jewel and Nev Charles, an avant-garde rock duo who found success and a certain cult following in the early seventies. How Opal, the ebony-skinned provocateur, the fashion rebel, the singer/screecher/Afro-Punk ancestor from Detroit, and goofy white English boy Nev met is the stuff of legend, and Sunny has her own proximity to their story: her father played drums for Opal & Nev, and was killed by the white-supremacist brawlers who stormed one of their concerts. A world-famous photo exists of that terrible night, just one of the many topics Sunny takes to her interviewees—music execs, bandmates, fellow artists, friends, family, and the stars themselves, all memorable characters—for her sprawling documentary project. Former magazine editor Walton's debut novel is so lucidly envisioned, readers will wish that YouTube videos existed of the fictional Opal & Nev. The last third especially shines, when Sunny and Opal break through to each other on a new level and readers understand them both more thoroughly. A cinematic, stereophonic, and boldly imagined story of race, gender, and agency in art. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Dawnie Walton is a fiction writer and journalist whose work explores identity, place, and the influence of pop culture. She has won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers&; Workshop. Previously she worked as an executive-level editor for magazine and multimedia brands including Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Getty Images, and LIFE. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she lives with her husband in Brooklyn.

Subject: Women rock musicians > Fiction.
Rock musicians > Fiction.
Rock groups > Fiction.
Rock groups.
Rock musicians.
Women rock musicians.
Genre: Fiction.

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