Lon­nie Hol­ley

Newsweek International - - CULTURE -

Lon­nie Hol­ley’s un­usual life story could fill sev­eral biopics: He was born in Alabama dur­ing the Jim Crow era and served time in a bru­tal Deep South ju­ve­nile fa­cil­ity known for treat­ing chil­dren like slaves. Dur­ing the 1980s, he be­came a cel­e­brated sculp­tor, cre­at­ing art out of junk­yard scraps. But in his 60s, he turned to mu­sic, pair­ing cos­mic, streamof-con­scious­ness re­flec­tions with im­pro­vised grooves from avant-garde in­stru­men­tal­ists. On MITH (pro­nounced “myth”), Hol­ley’s un­re­hearsed procla­ma­tions on po­lice bru­tal­ity and slav­ery ac­quire a sur­real ur­gency, par­tic­u­larly on the al­bum’s cen­ter­piece, “I Woke Up in a Fucked-up Amer­ica.” MITH (JAGJAGUWAR)

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