Blues legacies and Black feminism : Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday / Angela Y. Davis.
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- ISBN: 0679771263
- ISBN: 9780679771265
- Physical Description: xx, 427 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
- Edition: 1st Vintage books edition
- Publisher: New York : Vintage, 1999
- Copyright: ©1998
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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.
"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.
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|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.