PositiveLibrary JournalOther authors have written about these artists, but Cohen shows how their music intertwines with black culture and connects all the way up to the political sphere. More broadly, he shows how Chicago through music became an important force in the nationwide fight for civil rights and the raising of black consciousness ... Cohen marries scholarly erudition with sincere musical affection in this intriguing look at Chicago soul.
RaveLibrary JournalSmith’s gift for memoir, a natural extension of her work as a lyricist and poet, is once again apparent. Whether describing great works of art or her breakfast, Smith’s straightforward use of language to evoke a mood or place make her flights in and out of dream states seamless. There is nothing pretentious or condescending about her writing, despite the literary and artistic allusions. Her words are for anyone ... Fans of Smith’s extensive body of work and those who enjoy well-crafted personal narratives will find much to love in this brief and vibrant book.