Yellow Back Radio Broke-down

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1969 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 177 pages
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Folks. This here is the story of the Loop Garoo Kid. A cowboy so bad he made a working posse of spells phone in sick. A bullwhacker so unfeeling he left the print of winged mice on hides of crawling women. A desperado so onery he made the Pope cry and the most powerful of cattlemen shed his head to the Executioner s swine. And so begins the HooDoo Western by Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo and one of America s most innovative and celebrated writers. Reed demolishes white American history and folklore as well as Christian myth in this masterful satire of contemporary American life. In addition to the black, satanic Loop Garoo Kid, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down features Drag Gibson (a rich, slovenly cattleman), Mustache Sal (his nymphomaniac mail-order bride), Thomas Jefferson and many others in a hilarious parody of the old Western."

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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down

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In this duo from 1974 and 1969, respectively, Reed takes on two great American genresDthe private detective story and the Western. A satiric look at 1960s politics, Louisiana Red follows private eye ... Read full review

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The second Ishmael Reed book I ever read, and probably the best. His writing here is pure jazz conjuration, magical language lifting his usual deadly satire to a whole different level. Highly recommended. Read full review

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I The Loop Garoo Kid Goes Away Mad
II The Loop Garoo Kid Comes Back Mad
III She May Not Be The Ranchers Daughter But She Sure Can Cook
IV If It Had Been A Snake It Would Have Bit Him
V A Jigsaw Of A Last Minute Rescue

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Page 9 - A terrible cuss of a thousand shivs he was who wasted whole herds, made the fruit black and wormy, dried up the water holes and caused people's eyes to grow from tiny black dots into slapjacks wherever his feet fell.
Page 9 - Folks. This here is the story of the Loop Garoo Kid. A cowboy so bad he made a working posse of spells phone in sick.
Page 5 - My grandpa used to always say something. I never did forget it. 'America,' he used to say, 'is just like a turkey. It's got white meat and it's got dark meat. They is different, but they is both important to the turkey.

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About the author (1969)

Poet and novelist Ismael Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, he moved to New York City, where he became a co-founder of the East Village Other, a journal of experimental writing. From New York, he moved to Berkeley, California, and started the Yardbird Publishing Company. Reed's fiction draws upon myth, magic, and ritual to produce a literature that attempts to be larger than life. He has been called an ironist, whose explorations of United States history in general and African American history in particular reveal deep scars in the culture that no amount of technology can heal. Reed tries to incorporate multimedia and nonlinear techniques into his writing style. He has defended his eclectic techniques with spirit, however: "Many people call my fiction muddled, crazy, incoherent because I've attempted in fiction the techniques and forms painters, dancers, film makers, musicians in the West have taken for granted for at least 50 years, and the artists of many other cultures, for thousands of years." His other published books include: six collections of poetry, including: New and Collected Poems, 1964-2007; eight collections of essays, most recently Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers (2010); Gethsemane Park; The Reed Reader (2000); Blues City: A Walk in Oakland (2003); and six plays, collected by Dalkey Archive Press as Ishmael Reed, The Plays (2009).

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