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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down by Ishmael Reed
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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969)

by Ishmael Reed

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That was fun, I guess.
I really have no idea what to make of this book.
Wild, off the rails, fun.
Also sort of pointless, silly, half-baked.
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  weberam2 | Nov 24, 2017 |
Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down is a book that reads less like prose and more like poetry-slam. It's whiplash fast, driving you foreward before you even realize where you've been. It's part slang, part pop, part scatting, part minstrel and completely engaging. It doesn't make you think so much as slams you up against thoughts so fast you have to either take them on or die trying to fight them off. ( )
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I was content. I was surrounded by no greedy grafters, no slimy creatures. Just dogs, horses, sheep, goats, bulls, burros and Men.

William S. Hart
America . . . 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. I figure the turkey has more white meat than dark meat, but that don't make any difference. Both have nerves running through 'em. I guess Hoo-Doo is a sort of nerve that runs mostly in the dark meat, but sometimes gets into the white meat, to.

. . . Anywhere they go my people know the signs.

Henry Allen
Oh, the hoodoos have chased me and still I am not broke,
I'm going to the mountains and think I am doing well;
I am going to the mountains some cattle for to sell,
And I hope to see the hoodoos dead and damn them all in hell.

from "The Rustler," an American cowboy song
In Bath County, Kentucky in 1876, several tons of dried beef fell from the sky. How did this mass of meat get up into the sky--and how specifically dried beaf?

from "the Day It Rained Cows"
Ronald J. Willis,
East Village Other, March 1st, 1968
Roy Rogers' movie double's name was Whitey Christensen.

from New York Journal American
Col. 5, May 4, 1948
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To Carla, Pope Joan and Dancer
my 3 Wangols
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Folks. This here is the story of the Loop Garoo Kid.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0749001437, Paperback)

"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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"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."--Jacket.… (more)

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