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Stormy Weather: The Music And Lives Of A Century Of Jazzwomen.

Dahl, Linda.

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ISBN 10: 0394535553 / ISBN 13: 9780394535555
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, 1984
Condition: Good Hardcover
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371 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket and protective mylar covering. Good condition. Library discard. MUSIC. An illustrious group of women have lived and worked in the jazz world from its beginnings, but learning about them has largely been a matter of searching through footnotes or the memories of other musicians. Here is a panoramic survey, a rich anecdotal history, and musical and cultural analysis, presenting for the first time the full spectrum of a century of women's experiences in and contributions to the tradition and culture of jazz. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Jazz, Music, Biography, Linda Dahl, Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Ethel Waters, Swing, Bessie Smith, Charlie Parker, Carmen McRae, Melba Liston, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong). Bookseller Inventory # 4999X1

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Title: Stormy Weather: The Music And Lives Of A ...

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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This book delves into the history of the involvement of women in jazz. It covers how women participated in the music as well as in-depth interviews, and also includes a discography of recordings by female artists. "Dahl boldy goes where no man (or woman) has gone before. For people who love jazz...who get bleak when they think of what happened to Billie Holiday, this is their book." - Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Many people have seen [Billie] Holiday as a sacrificial brown beauty, a haunting victim-symbol, but some who knew her thought that the addictions that populated her life with pushers and police were inevitable, that she was too sensitive not to have been destroyed. Certainly her story raises some hard questions, chief among them: Could the America of her era have allowed a black woman of such sensuality and sensitivity to achieve success and wholeness? Lena Horne, another singer from the thirties who became a symbol of idealized black womanhood, poses this question as a kind of running theme throughout her autobiography. Horne says in effect that while it is indeed possible for a black woman to win through, she must also tote up the personal psychic and emotional costs in a society where racism and sexism exact enormous energies from the black woman artists. Carmen McRae, upon whom Billie Holiday made such a deep impression as a woman and singer, once analyzed her this way: "Singing is the only place she can express herself the way she'd like to be all the time. The only way she's happy is through a song. I don't think she expressed herself as she would want to when you meet her in person. The only time she's at ease and at rest with herself is when she sings."

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