Rashod Ollison's Soul Serenade: Music As Hope And Inspiration
Tom's guest is Rashod Ollison, the former Pop Music Critic for the Baltimore Sun. His new book is called Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues and Coming of Age Though Vinyl. It’s a memoir that chronicles how music helped him navigate the rough terrain of his childhood.
After his parents divorced when he was very young, he and his two sisters moved frequently with their mother as she held multiple jobs trying to provide for the family. As Rashod grew up, he struggled with adjusting to a barrage of new schools, as well as the realization that he was gay. He turned to music and literature for comfort, inspiration and hope. Rashod Ollison joins Tom on the phone from his home in Virginia Beach, VA.
Ollison will be speaking about the book tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped on Park Avenue at Franklin Street in Baltimore. It’s part of the Enoch Pratt Library’s Writers Live Series.