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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday

by Angela Yvonne Davis

PUBLISHED: 26th January 1999
ISBN: 9780679771265
ANNOTATION:
The author of "Women, Race and Class" suggests that "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday represent a black working-class, feminist ideology and historical consciousness. Davis' illuminating analysis of the songs performed by these artists provides readers with a compelling and transformative understanding of their musical and social contributions and of their relation to both the African-American community and American culture. of photos.
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PUBLISHED: 26th January 1999
ISBN: 9780679771265
ANNOTATION:
The author of "Women, Race and Class" suggests that "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday represent a black working-class, feminist ideology and historical consciousness. Davis' illuminating analysis of the songs performed by these artists provides readers with a compelling and transformative understanding of their musical and social contributions and of their relation to both the African-American community and American culture. of photos.

Annotation

The author of "Women, Race and Class" suggests that "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday represent a black working-class, feminist ideology and historical consciousness. Davis' illuminating analysis of the songs performed by these artists provides readers with a compelling and transformative understanding of their musical and social contributions and of their relation to both the African-American community and American culture. of photos.

Publisher Description

Women's blues have been largely misunderstood by critics. Overlooked, Davis shows, has been the way their candor and bravado laid the groundwork for an aesthetic that broke through the constraints of 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 blues extend beyond a musical tradition to reveal an alternative to mainstream American values. An indispensable contribution to American history, as boldly insightful as the women Davis praises, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism is an intellectual triumph.

Author Biography

Davis studied at Brandeis University and at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She lives in California and teaches Black Philosophy and Aesthetics as well as courses in women's studies.

Product Details

Author
Angela Yvonne Davis
Short Title
BLUES LEGACIES & BLACK FEMINIS
Pages
464
Language
English
ISBN-10
0679771263
ISBN-13
9780679771265
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
1999
Publication Date
1999-01-31
Subtitle
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday
Country of Publication
United States
Series
Vintage
Residence
Santa Cruz, CA, US
Publisher
Vintage
Audience
General/Trade
UK Release Date
1999-01-26
Illustrations
8 PAGES OF B&W PHOTOS
AU Release Date
1999-01-26
NZ Release Date
1999-01-26
US Release Date
1999-01-26