They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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Amber’s pick: A brilliant collection of essays on music, race, and life in America, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib writes on what it’s like to be an African American Muslim living in the Midwest as a part of the punk scene. He so eloquently describes what it has been like to occupy that space as a person of color, and all space in America. A poet by trade, his style is poignant, thought-provoking, and completely beautiful. I had no idea I could have so many feelings about Migos, My Chemical Romance, Future, the list goes on and on. Throughout the entire book I was either laughing out loud, or wiping my tears. Hanif shows us that everything is political, especially music, and it is so important to pay attention. I want to give a copy of this to everyone I know. I loved it so much, when I was finished he felt like he a friend. No music has sounded the same since. Stunning.

About the book: In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.

In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Willis-Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.

In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others―along with original, previously unreleased essays―Willis-Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.

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