Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf
With an ethnographer's eye, Stacy Holman Jones offers us a cultural critique of torch singing-as much more than a woman voicing the familiar tune of her own willing deception and passive fate. She takes us into the space between music and language, to see it not only as an opening to desire, but as the first notes of resistance, of change. An engaging read for performing arts and music professionals, and instructors in mass media and experimental ethnography.
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