Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) is a writer and critic, the poet laureate of New Jersey, and Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His many books include Blues People, Black Music, and The Music.
“A major contribution to both African American literature and American music criticism.” - African American Review
“There is much to recommend in this excellent volume of essays.” - Magill's Literary Annual / Salem Press
“As lively and compelling as his strongest work of the past.” - Richard Meltzer, The Oregonian
“Meditations on black music, primarily jazz, that American classical music, that will satisfy anyone who desires intelligent thought on the genre.” - Colin Cooper, Beat Scene Magazine
“Digging will prove an important book. . . . Enjoy the liveliness of Baraka’s writing.” - Cadence Magazine (2)
“Offers up history, musical analyses and a political commentary as they relate to African-American music and culture.” - Goldmine Magazine