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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

by Dawnie Walton

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton X
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton
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    Mar 2021, 368 pages

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This fierce fictional rock 'n' roll biography charts the careers of a 1970s duo who pushed racial boundaries.

Within the general arc of many well-established and chronicled historical events is oral history's wonderful ability to home in on nuances, illuminating particular situations and personalities that perhaps couldn't find room in other tellings, but come alive here. Studs Terkel accomplished this with the Great Depression and World War II. Svetlana Alexievich has shined much-needed light on World War II from Russia's perspective, as well as Chernobyl and the country's post-Soviet Union life. And there have been other great oral history accounts relating to television, genres of music, world events, slavery and Reconstruction, and so much more.

The challenge of fictional oral history is to make it feel convincing enough that it coheres with the established historical record. Taylor Jenkins Reid achieved this with the faux music biography Daisy Jones & The Six (2019). While the band it ...

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