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Blues legacies and Black feminism : Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday / Angela Y. Davis.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Main Library ML3521 .D38 V5 1998 37684001100546 Library Stacks Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0679771263
  • ISBN: 9780679771265
  • Physical Description: xx, 427 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st Vintage books edition
  • Publisher: New York : Vintage, 1999

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
I used to be your sweet mama : ideology, sexuality, and domesticity -- Mama's got the blues : rivals, girlfriends, and advisors -- Here come my train : traveling themes and women's blues -- Blame it on the blues : Bessie Smith, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, and the politics of blues protest -- Preaching the blues : spirituality and self-consciousness -- Up in Harlem every Saturday night : blues and the Black aesthetic -- When a woman loves a man : social implications of Billie Holiday's love songs -- "Strange fruit" : music and social consciousness -- Lyrics to songs recorded by Gertrude "Ma" Rainey -- Lyrics to songs recorded by Bessie Smith.
Summary, etc.:
"Jazz, it is widely accepted, is the signal original American contribution to world culture. Angela Davis shows us how the roots of that form in the blues must be viewed not only as a musical tradition but as a life-sustaining vehicle for an alternative black working-class collective memory and social consciousness profoundly at odds with mainstream American middle-class values. And she explains how the tradition of black women blues singers - represented by Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday - embodies not only an artistic triumph and aesthetic dominance over a hostile popular music industry but an unacknowledged proto-feminist consciousness within working-class black communities. Through a close and riveting analysis of these artists' performances, words, and lives, Davis uncovers the unmistakable assertion and uncompromising celebration of non-middle-class, non-heterosexual social, moral, and sexual values."--Jacket.
Subject: Rainey, Ma, 1886-1939.
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937.
Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959.
Blues (Music) > History and criticism.
Feminism and music > United States.
Women blues musicians > United States.
African American women.

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