Blues Legacies and Black Feminism

Gertrude Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday

Author: Angela Y. Davis

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 030757444X

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

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From one of this country's most important intellectuals comes a brilliant analysis of the blues tradition that examines the careers of three crucial black women blues singers through a feminist lens. Angela Davis provides the historical, social, and political contexts with which to reinterpret the performances and lyrics of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday as powerful articulations of an alternative consciousness profoundly at odds with mainstream American culture. The works of Rainey, Smith, and Holiday have been largely misunderstood by critics. Overlooked, Davis shows, has been the way their candor and bravado laid the groundwork for an aesthetic that allowed for the celebration of social, moral, and sexual values outside the constraints imposed by middle-class respectability. Through meticulous transcriptions of all the extant lyrics of Rainey and Smith−published here in their entirety for the first time−Davis demonstrates how the roots of the blues extend beyond a musical tradition to serve as a conciousness-raising vehicle for American social memory. A stunning, indispensable contribution to American history, as boldly insightful as the women Davis praises, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism is a triumph.

Race Sounds

The Art of Listening in African American Literature

Author: Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609385616

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

View: 8086


Forging new ideas about the relationship between race and sound, Furlonge explores how black artists--including well-known figures such as writers Ralph Ellison and Zora Neale Hurston, and singers Bettye LaVette and Aretha Franklin, among others--imagine listening. Drawing from a multimedia archive, Furlonge examines how many of the texts call on readers to "listen in print." In the process, she gives us a new way to read and interpret these canonical, aurally inflected texts, and demonstrates how listening allows us to engage with the sonic lives of difference as readers, thinkers, and citizens.

Georgia Women

Their Lives and Times

Author: Kathleen Ann Clark,Ann Short Chirhart

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820337854


Page: 438

View: 8125


Second editor for v. 2: Kathleen Ann Clark.

African American Theater

A Cultural Companion

Author: Glenda Dickerson

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745634427

Category: Drama

Page: 210

View: 1839


This book will shine a new light on the culture that has historically nurtured and inspired black theater. Functioning as an interactive guide it takes the reader on a journey to discover how social realities impacted the plays that dramatists wrote and produced.


Sound-image Disjunctions, Deviant Meanings, and Euro-American Cinema

Author: Barbara McBane

Publisher: N.A



Page: 1100

View: 6487



Torch singing

performing resistance and desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf

Author: Stacy Linn Holman Jones

Publisher: Altamira Pr

ISBN: 9780759106581

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 217

View: 8515


With an ethnographer's eye, Stacy Holman Jones provides a cultural critique of torch singing--describing the genre as a rich drama of passiveness, deception, desire, and resistance.