Quotation by Ishmael Reed

We not only grew up on Be-Bop; Be-Bop raised us. For my generation, Be-Bop came on like a light bulb going flash behind the eyes. For us, it was not only an intellectual movement, but a way of life. We walked, dressed, and rapped Be-Bop.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Airing Dirty Laundry, Addison-Wesley (1993). "The Be-Bop Revival," Newport Jazz Festival Program (1979).
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