I've never read it and I've only heard rumors and read short reviews about its content but Steve Cannon's Groove, Bang and Jive Around is purported to be an underground black lit classic. I first heard about the book a few years back when I came across an excerpt in Hokum: An Anthology of African American Humor, and I don't remember much of what I read. A short hike around the Internet revealed this review found on Barnes & Noble:
"Steve Cannon's first novel Groove, Bang, and Jive Around is an underground classic of such legendary stature that New York's black cognoscenti have transmogrified the work into urban myth. Whenever the book comes up in conversation, eyes light with a glassy leer. "You can't keep that book in your house, man! It's like a ghost! It just disappears!"
Strange tales woven around a strange tale. The reasons for its reputation are simple:
First, until recently, you couldn't find it. Not in used bookstores. Not in in book piles on the street. In fact, its author didn't own a copy for well over twenty years.
Second, it's really filthy.
And third, like a Loa in Haitian Voudon, it leaves the shelves of its host to possess another."
I'm curious to know whether the book is as despicable as some say it is or if it's actually got something to offer in the way of "urban myth".