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Flyboy in the Buttermilk

Flyboy in the Buttermilk

Essays on Contemporary America

Greg Tate
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From one of the most original, creative, and provocative culture critics comes an eye-opening collection of essays and tales about American music and culture. 

Under the guise of writing about a single subject, Greg Tate's essays in Flyboy in the Buttermilk branch out from his usual and explore social, political, and economic subjects. 

Taking on a wide diversity of subjects from irony of the GOP recruiting Blacks to the crisis of the Black intellectual and the music Miles Davis, James Brown, and many others, Tate writes in a brave and distinctive voice that is angry, joyous, anxious, and funny.


In every piece of this collection, Tate offers informed insight into where America is going and why.


Greg Tate is a music and popular culture critic and journalist whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Village VoiceVibeSpin, the Wire, and Downbeat. He is the author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and the editor of Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. Tate, via guitar and baton, also leads the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who tour internationally.


  • Publisher: ‎Touchstone; Reprint edition (September 26, 2015)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: ‎288 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1501136976
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781501136979
  • Item Weight: ‎4.8 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches
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