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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User Review  - pinkcrayon99 - LibraryThing

Davis explains that the Blues genre belongs to women just as much as it does men. Davis stated that the Blues provided a space where women could express themselves in new ways. By analyzing the work ... Read full review

BLUES LEGACIES AND BLACK FEMINISM: Gertrude ``Ma'' Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday

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An earnest attempt by the well-known scholar (Women, Culture, and Politics, 1989, etc.) and activist to see three great African-American singers as part of a black feminist tradition. In her ... 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.