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Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920's: Harrison, Daphne Duval

Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920's

Harrison, Daphne Duval

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ISBN 10: 0813512808 / ISBN 13: 9780813512808
Published by Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 1993
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Book seems unread but has some very light shelf wear on corners. Signed "Daphne," with inscription, on Dedication Page.This book is a major study of the black female blues singers whose recordings preceded thos of male singers. Included are Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Alberta Hunter, Victoria Spivey and many more. Komara and Johnson 17. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 299 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 14576

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Title: Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920's

Publisher: Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Third Printing.

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Throughout the 1920s, in tents, theaters, dance halls and cabarets, and on "race" records, black American women captivated large audiences with their singing of the blues. University of Maryland professor Harrison examines the subjects and texts of their songs, the toll these performers paid for their right to be heard, and what they did to transform a folk tradition into a popular art. She describes the singing and lifestyles of Sippie Wallace, Victoria Spivey, Edith Wilson and Alberta Hunter to illustrate how they introduced a new model of the black woman: assertive and sexy, gutsy yet tender, bereft but not downtrodden, exploited but not resentful, independent yet vulnerable. The author shows that their choice of performing style, inflection, emphasis and improvisation provided a perspective and expressiveness that profoundly affected later American popular music.

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Blues music spawned legendary performers whose influence has been felt in many musical forms here and around the world. Until now the important role of the great women blues singers has largely gone unexplored. This book tells of the cultural and social impact of the blues during the 1920s when the genre was dominated by women, both on stage and on record. Harrison (Afro-American Studies Department, University of Maryland) writes with authority, focusing particularly on Sippie Wallace, Edith Wilson, Victoria Spivey, and Alberta Hunter as she analyzes the music and the collective black experience out of which it grew. A significant book, particularly for collections of music history, black studies, and women's studies. Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass.
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