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His second novel, set in the 1960s, on the campus of Sutton University in Virginia, scornfully dissecting the ways we’re conditioned to think along narrow, compliant lines.

Hip thriller about the murder of a teenage boy called John Lee, in the words of four men who knew him when he was just another kid working after school, hanging out, waiting for something to happen.

The Poems — ‘some of the funniest and most literate lyrics in all music… deadpan attacks on racism to withering sarcasm about the Great Society; Chomskian rants to parodies of media shallowness’ (Time Out).

‘The jazz world has seen its share of compelling autobiographies but none to rival the quality of Beneath The Underdog. A shocking and brilliant book’ (Q magazine).

High amongst the very best books on classic soul, this is essential.