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Mistaken Identity: A Playlist

A playlist of songs that informed or express aspects of the theory and history presented in Mistaken Identity

Asad Haider22 May 2018

Detail from the cover of War's The World is a Ghetto, drawn by Howard Miller.

In his poem “I Love Music,” Amiri Baraka recalled learning of John Coltrane’s death while he was incarcerated after the 1967 Newark rebellions. He quoted a remark by Coltrane: “I want to be a force for real good. In other words, I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force, which is truly for good.” While writing this book, I listened to the music composed and played in parallel to the struggles it traces. Here is some of that music, which informed or somehow expresses aspects of the theory and history I hoped to present. As Baraka wrote in his liner notes to Coltrane’s Live at Birdland: "If you can hear, this music will make you think of a lot of weird and wonderful things. You might even become one of them."

Asad Haider's new book Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump is on sale for 40% off until Sunday, May 27 at 11:59pm EST.

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Mistaken Identity
Whether class or race is the more important factor in modern politics is a question right at the heart of recent history’s most contentious debates. Among groups who should readily find common grou...
Paperback (2018)

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