Read a new book about the work of Dean Blunt

Dean Blunt © Joshua Gordon

Beefy’s Tune (Dean Blunt Edit) is available now.

Publisher the87press has released Beefy’s Tune (Dean Blunt Edit), a book-length essay on the work of Dean Blunt by scholar Dhanveer Singh Bra. The book examines Blunt’s work in relation to modern Britain and Blackness in Britain, focusing on the musician’s 2016 album BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow.

A description on the publisher’s website explains: “Dean Blunt is the most important British artist of the current century because he fundamentally does not care about Britain… Using the 2016 album BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow as a means of navigation, Brar hears Blunt in order to access the long-contested dream of Britain’s disappearance that was conducted under the name of Black British Arts”. Poet, critic and theorist, Fred Moten said of the book “Blunt’s “love letter to the blackness of Hackney” deserves the most rigorous, gentle, erudite attention. Happily, Dhanveer Brar is here to provide it.”

Dhanveer Singh Bra is a theorist and scholar who teaches in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Brar’s second book Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski: The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early Twenty-First Century will be published by Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press in Spring 2021.

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