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The Resource No way but this : in search of Paul Robeson, Jeff Sparrow

No way but this : in search of Paul Robeson, Jeff Sparrow

Label
No way but this : in search of Paul Robeson
Title
No way but this
Title remainder
in search of Paul Robeson
Statement of responsibility
Jeff Sparrow
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Paul Robeson was an actor and performer, a champion athlete, a committed communist, a brilliant speaker, and a passionate activist for social justice in America, Europe, and Australia. Hailed as the most famous African American of his time, he sang with a voice that left audiences weeping, and, for a period, had the entire world at his feet - and then lost everything for the sake of his principles. Robeson's storied life took him from the North Carolina plantations to Hollywood; from the glittering stages of London to the coal-mining towns of Wales; from the violent frontiers of the Spanish Civil War to bleak prison cells in the Soviet Union; from Harlem's jazz-infused neighbourhoods to the courtroom of the McCarthy hearings. Yet privately Robeson was a troubled figure, burdened by his role as a symbol for the African American people and an international advocate for the working class. His tragedy was to battle ambition and uncertainty, ultimately clinging to his beliefs even as the world changed around him. As optimistic ideals of communism turned to repression under the Cold War, his public decline mirrored that of the world around him. Today Robeson is largely unknown, a figure lost to footnotes and grainy archival footage. But his life, which followed the currents of the twentieth century, reveals how the traumas of the past still shape the present. Jeff Sparrow follows the ghosts and echoes of Robeson's career, tracing his path through countries and decades, to explore the contemporary resonances of his politics and passions. From Black Lives Matter to Putin's United Russia, Sparrow explores questions of race and representation in America, political freedom in Moscow, and the legacy of fascism and communism in Europe. Weaving travelogue with biography, 'No Way But This' is a story of political ardour, heritage, and trauma - a luminous portrait of a man and an urgent reflection on the politics that define us today.--
Assigning source
[NLA record]
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
ANL
Dewey number
973.04960730092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
No way but this : in search of Paul Robeson, Jeff Sparrow
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references: pages 271-291
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058602299
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 291 pages
Isbn
9781925321852
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958587414
Label
No way but this : in search of Paul Robeson, Jeff Sparrow
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references: pages 271-291
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058602299
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 291 pages
Isbn
9781925321852
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958587414

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