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Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles
Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles | Bert Ashe
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In Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles, professor and author Bert Ashe delivers a witty, fascinating, and unprecedented account of black male identity as seen through our culture's perceptions of hair. It is a deeply personal story that weaves together the cultural and political history of dreadlocks with Ashe's own mid-life journey to lock his hair. Ashe is a fresh, new voice that addresses the importance of black hair in the 20th and 21st centuries through an accessible, humorous, and literary style sure to engage a wide variety of readers. After leading a far-too-conventional life for forty years, Ashe began a long, arduous, uncertain process of locking his own hair in an attempt to step out of American convention. Black hair, after all, matters. Few Americans are subject to snap judgements like those in the African-American community, and fewer communities face such loaded criticism about their appearances, in particular their hair. Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles makes the argument that the story of dreadlocks in America can't be told except in front of the backdrop of black hair in America. Ask most Americans about dreadlocks and they immediately conjure a picture of Bob Marley: on stage, mid-song, dreads splayed. When most Americans see dreadlocks, a range of assumptions quickly follow: he's Jamaican, he's Rasta, he plays reggae; he stinks, he smokes, he deals; he's bohemian, he's creative, he's counter-cultural. Few styles in America have more symbolism and generate more conflicting views than dreadlocks. To "read" dreadlocks is to take the cultural pulse of America. To read Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles is to understand a larger story about the truths and biases present in how we perceive ourselves and others. Ashe's riveting and intimate work, a genuine first of its kind, will be a seminal work for years to come.
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RamsFan1963
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I remember buying the 10cc album, mainly for the song The Things We Do For Love, but I don't remember listening to #DreadlockHoliday at all. I guess I wasn't a fan and skipped over it.

#WanderingJune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen I don‘t recall any of these songs 🤔🤭😬 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Cinfhen I bought The Things We Do For Love first as a 45, then later I bought the album. 10cc is an underrated band, not hall of fame caliber, but they did make some great catchy songs in the 70s. Lol Creme (that's his real name) and Kevin Godley left the band to form Godley & Creme, best known for the song "Cry" in 1985. It also had an amazing video if you can find it on Youtube. 1mo
Cinfhen Doesn‘t sound familiar but I‘ll do a YouTube search ~ love discovering “new” music 30 years later 😂😂 1mo
BarbaraBB Where do you live @RamsFan1963 ? Here Dreadlock Holiday was a big hit, as was Wall Street Shuffle. Godley & Creme I remember mostly for Under Your Thumb, which was a huge hit as well! 1mo
xicanti Oh my goodness! Years and years and years ago, I streamed a BBC Radio show where the DJ played something that fit this exact description. I thought it was excellent but I never caught the band‘s name. Now I‘ve gotta look them up. 1mo
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RachelO
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In his 40s, university professor Bert Ashe decides it‘s time to realise his lifelong plan to grow dreadlocks, time for his outer appearance to come into line with his inner perception of himself. How does that work out? And how does the world around him react to his new hair? This is his exploration of dreadlocks and identity.

#DreadlockHoliday #wanderingjune

squirrelbrain Good choice! 😁👍 1mo
TrishB Cool choice 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Sounds super fascinating #stacked 1mo
BarbaraBB This sounds really cool! 1mo
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