Blues legacies and Black feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday

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Vintage, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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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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Review: Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday

User Review  - Susan Odetta - Goodreads

Here's something I re-learned in this book.....a fact I should have known....a woman was the first recorded blues artist. Before Robert Johnson and before Blind Lemon Jefferson, before Albert King and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Mallory - Goodreads

Don't be intimidated by "464 pages"- only the first 200 are Davis' analyses, the rest are transcription sof the musical recordings of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Read full review

Contents

USED TO BE YOUR SWEET MAMA
3
MAMAS GOT THE BLUES
42
HERE COME MY TRAIN
66
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About the author (1998)

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.