April 23, 2009|
From: Laura Harris, Director of Media Relations
Anderson’s books praised by Southern culture expert
There is nothing quite like being honored by your peers.
Swampland.com, a Web site dedicated to extensive coverage of Southern culture, singled out Anderson’s “Conjure in African American Society” and “Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure: A Handbook” as among the best music books of recent years.
The author of “Best Music Books of 2008,” poet Diann Blakely, called “Conjure” “one of 2005’s (and 2007’s, in paper) most fascinating studies.” She went on to state that “Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure” is “indispensable reading for those interested in the topic.”
Anderson was not expecting the acclaim, but was glad of it, all the same. Of the book’s focus, he said, “Though its title may suggest it is a how-to guide, it is not. Instead it is a folklore handbook that examines historical patterns and practices within African-American magical and non-Christian spirituality.”