*CANCELED* FAITH PENNICK discusses her 33 1/3 book D'ANGELO'S VOODOO

33 1/3: D'Angelo's Voodoo (Bloomsbury Academic)

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Voodoo, D'Angelo's much-anticipated 2000 release, set the standard for the musical cycle ordained as "neo-soul," a label the singer and songwriter would reject more than a decade later. The album is a product of heightened emotions and fused sensibilities; an amalgam of soul, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, and Afrobeats. D'Angelo put to music his own pleasures and insecurities as a man-child in the promised land. It was both a tribute to his musical heroes: Prince, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, J Dilla...and a deconstruction of rhythm and blues itself.

Despite nearly universal acclaim, the sonic expansiveness of Voodoo proved too nebulous for airplay on many radio stations, seeping outside the accepted lines of commercial R&B music. Voodoo was Black, it was definitely magic, and it was nearly overshadowed by a four-minute music video featuring D'Angelo's sweat-glistened six-pack abs. "The Video" created an accentuated moment when the shaman lost control of the spell he cast.

Faith Pennick is a Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and writer. Her films have aired on U.S. television and screened at film festivals throughout the world. Pennick is currently in development with her narrative feature film directorial debut, Double Effect. Pennick also authored Voodoo, a book about D’Angelo’s Voodoo album for Bloomsbury’s “33 1/3 Music” series. Pennick earned her B.A. at the University of Michigan and an M.A. at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:30pm
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D'Angelo's Voodoo (33 1/3 #144) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501336508
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 5th, 2020