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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

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"Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can't imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job--despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar's amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records. In early seventies New York City, just as she's finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal's bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth. Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo's most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything."-- Provided by publisher.

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Exciting book submitted by ctconley on August 11, 2022, 3:21pm Not that strong of an ending, but a great read. Brings all the social issues that Taylor Jenkins-Reed leaves out into the mix, and ties Opal's identity to every facet of her life!! Very good.

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PUBLISHED
New York : 37 Ink, Simon & Schuster, 2021.
Year Published: 2021
Description: 360 pages ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781982140168

SUBJECTS
Women rock musicians -- Fiction.
Rock musicians -- Fiction.
Rock groups -- Fiction.
Nineteen seventies -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.