To Repel Ghosts (the double album)

  • 2001
  • Zoland Books
  • Hardcover, Paperback
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Art-world phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat was prolific in his short lifetime, creating an exhilarating new art inspired by music, language, and black American cultural icons.¬†To Repel Ghosts¬†synchronizes the harmony and discord of Basquiat's canvases, adapting them as a bass line to improvise and play upon. Young renders ambitious, celebratory poetry of the everyday and the exalted—a double-album in verse, a jazz symphony, a hip-hop opera—taking Basquiat's funkified history and making it sing.

Reviews & Praise

Young creates a midway point between his own and Basquiat's vernaculars, an inspired bricolage of shiny borrowings, canny enjambments and angry popist elegy. Publishers Weekly