Writers LIVE: Rashod Ollison, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues, & Coming of Age Through Vinyl
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Soul Serenade is the memoir of pop music critic Rashod Ollison, whose love for soul music was fostered by his father, a disturbed Vietnam vet. After his parents' volatile marriage ended in divorce, when Rashod was six years old, he retreated into the records his father left behind -- discovering the music of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, and others provided solace and coherence. Soul Serenade is the captivating coming-of-age story of a boy who tries to make sense of life in central Arkansas in the 1980s and '90s, his family's tragic past, and his sexuality, all through empowering soul music. Rashod Ollison is an award-winning pop music critic and culture journalist. He has been a staff critic and feature writer for the Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and Virginian-Pilot.