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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
"Addressing what might be thought of as standard historical and contemporary subjects with startlingly radical means. . . . Göran Hugo Olsson's Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 is a collage of archival footage recorded in America, mostly by Swedish journalists, in the era of African-American militancy. The images, accompanied by present-day voice-over reflections from histori ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Haymarket Books
(first published April 10th 2012)
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A super-interesting blend of primary documents and commentary, this companion to the Black Power Mixtape documentary includes all the content present in the film alongside additional material that enhances Olsson's original scope. While nothing here is particularly exhaustive, this work functions as a bricolage in the same vein as Baldwin's I Am Not Your Negro. Those new to learning about the Black Power Movement may find this incredibly interesting but those more familiar are more likely to fin ...more
What a well-crafted mixtape... Olsson's background in film serves him well. Loved the dialogue he creates between interview transcripts from the early 70s and from 2010, which proves that the history is as relevant as ever. So cool to get Angela Davis's reflections on her own past speeches. Really great primer on the Black Power movement. ...more
This is a companion piece to the documentary of the same name. Basically, and strangely, Swedish media captured the Black Power movement in print and on film more than virtually any other country, the U.S. included. Who would have guessed? At any rate, there's a decent amount of footage of some of the giants of this movement - Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver are featured and their words still resonate, especially in these dark times. Arguably, this is a lost er ...more
This book tells a story I did not know from a period of my own country's history. This history happened in the years leading up to my birth and in the first years of my life. Living outside Detroit, MI, I was close to some of the locations where this history played out. Yet, because I am white, it has been the privilege of my experience to learn this history or ignore it. For many years I ignored it. I am glad to finally, at 46, pay attention to this aspect of American history. This book will be ...more