CHIRP Book Club

Join CHIRP at our store on Thursday, November 8th, for the next installment of their bi-monthly book group, covering They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

 

FAQ:
 
Q: Do I have to finish the whole book?
 
A: No! Really, you just need to have an opinion or interest in the topic of the book. You will not be tested on comprehension or interpretation of themes, motifs, etc.
 
Q: What do you guys talk about?
 
A: Usually we'll have someone facilitate the discussion by asking some general questions (did you like/dislike? favorite/least favorite part, etc.) and identifying some interesting passages or questions raised by the book. We also listen to music related to the topic at hand.
 
Q: Is it a big group?
 
A: Nope, typically just 4-8 people, which is probably for the best. We want to have a good discussion where everybody feels comfortable to speak. 
 
Q: How late do you go?
 
A: The shop closes at 8pm and we try to get out shortly after. Participants are encouraged to continue their discussions over drinks at one of Roscoe's many fine establishments. 
 
Each meeting is BYOB and light refreshments are provided. If you are interested in leading the discussion for any of the books listed above or making a playlist, please email moizza@chirpradio.org.
 
Books we've covered so far:
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azzerad
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop by Bob Stanley
Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
How Music Works by David Byrne
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
 
 
Event date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.
 
In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.
 
In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others--along with original, previously unreleased essays--Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.