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Ian Zack

Official Author Website

 Photo by Rowland Scherman, National Archives 

 

BOOKS

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ODETTA

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SAY NO TO THE DEVIL

IN THE PRESS

Odetta’s charisma is a touchstone in Mr. Zack’s engaging, revelatory chronicle. . 

EDDIE DEAN,
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Odetta deserved better during her lifetime, but this biography moves toward properly cementing her legacy.

AARON COHEN,
DOWNBEAT

A solid work of reportage and writing. ...There are many excellent details in Zack's biography. 

DWIGHT GARNER, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Ian Zack’s inspiring biography [reminds] readers of her place in the pantheon.

MICHAEL SIMMONS,
MOJO MAGAZINE

Odetta brims with the life of its forgotten subject, showing us that we have a lot of cultural history to re-learn, and many losses yet to mourn.

JOSEPHINE LIVINGSTONE,
THE NEW REPUBLIC

Fascinating . . . . Odetta fans will delight in this timely biography.

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 
(STARRED REVIEW)

 

BIO

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Ian Zack has been a writer and editor for two decades. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, and many other publications. Zack's award-winning first book, Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis, was called "magisterial" by the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City.

Photo by Sam Zack

 
 

NEWS

March 24, 2021
Odetta's 1956 album, Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues, named to the National Recording Registry. Read Ian Zack's essay here for the Library of Congress commemorating the record.

December 2, 2020 
New York Times book critics discuss new discoveries and best books of 2020.

August 24, 2020 
Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest reviewed by the New York Times.

April 14, 2020 
Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest released by Beacon Press.

November 21, 2016
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections names Say No the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis the year's best blues or gospel history.

April 10, 2015
Say No the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis is released by the University of Chicago Press.

 

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