1st February marks the start of Dilla Month and I’m very excited about this new book by Dan Charnas called ‘Dilla Time’ that explores his life.
In Dilla Time, Dan Charnas chronicles the life of J. Dilla, from his gifted childhood in Detroit, to the rare medical condition that caused his tragically premature death. He also records the histories of American rhythms: from the birth of funk and soul in Dilla’s own Motown, to techno and disco. Here, music is a story of Black culture in America and of what happens when human and machine times are synthesized into something totally new. Charnas teaches us to “see” sound differently, giving time itself texture, color, pattern.