Jeffery Renard Allen: Song of the Shank

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Born a slave in the 1800s, Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins was a musical prodigy and became one of the best-known pianists of his time. Allen's new book imagines the artist's life from boyhood to fame. Genovis Albright adds live musical accompaniment to the reading, playing Blind Tom's songs.

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