J Dilla's Donuts - 33 1/3 (Paperback)Jordan Ferguson (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 165 x 121 x 10 mm
Jordan Ferguson's book on Donuts provides a trove of information about what was clearly one of the albums of the last decade of any genre [...]Ferguson offers a cogent reading of the album. Others have speculated that Jay Dee buried "secret messages" within the tracks. I don't know how secret they are but it is clear that there were major preoccupations, life-death-relationships and, of course, music. What he produced was a brilliant, multi-layered, sonically exhilarating work and Ferguson has done the album justice with this slim volume. -- Robert Iannapollo * ARSC Journal *
Excerpted * Stones Throw *
That such a lively collection of beats and samples-as cerebral as they are physical-was created by a dying man ensures that Jordan Ferguson's book will be poignant, but his clear storytelling and direct prose allows producer James Yancey to emerge as a complicated, contradictory character. The first half is the most extensive biography we have of the man, from his childhood in Detroit to his death in Los Angeles, just three days after the release of Donuts. The second half grapples with the album as a meditation on mortality, which only shows what an immense talent the world lost. -- Stephen M. Deusner * Pitchfork *
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