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Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time

Rose, Phyllis

ISBN 10: 0385248911 / ISBN 13: 9780385248914
Published by Doubleday, 1989
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Title: Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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A biography of one of the most famous and outrageous black entertainers of the interwar years. Born in St Louis, Baker went to Paris in 1925 and became a star of the Folies Bergeres. Her appeal lay in her sexuality and in her colour: blackness was equated with a freedom and vitality lost to the white races. During the war she was involved in the French Resistance and later with Civil Rights groups in America. She achieved fame with her cosmopolitan "rainbow tribe" of adopted children. Phyllis Rose is also the author of "Parallel lives".

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With the searching intellectuality that has distinguished her literary biographies, Rose ( Parallel Lives ) takes on what is for her a surprising subject: the life and work of American expatriate dancer, singer and entertainer Josephine Baker. Born in 1906 in St. Louis, Mo., Baker--whose roots were black and Native American--had endured the early departure of her father, abuse as a domestic servant in the homes of white people and the brutal East St. Louis race riots of 1917 before her childhood was over. The ethos of jazz--freedom--offered her a way out. Employed at 13 as a dresser for a touring black vaudeville show, Baker graduated into the chorus lines of other such troupes until recruited in 1925 to dance in a black revue to be launched in Paris. There her brilliantly uninhibited performances won her immediate and lasting fame ("Hips, stomach, and rump had never moved so violently"). Not simply the story of a complex and influential woman, this indispensable biography treats in full the two cultures--American and Continental--that formed Baker, and sets a new standard for critical studies of performing artists. Photos. First serial to Mirabella.
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