Feminist Blues: Choice and Independence in the Songs of Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, and Billie Holiday

Feminist Blues: Choice and Independence in the Songs of Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, and Billie Holiday

by Susan Newark

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Overview

An analysis of early African American female song lyrics, this book encompasses the music of three major singers: Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, and Billie Holiday. The song explications focus on the ways in which these performers exhibit choice and independence in their music, which is broken down into four categories that frequently characterize women's blues songs: sexual freedom, violence against women, obligations, and infidelities.

Well-researched and sourced, this project also includes information on cultural customs and language variations inherent in the often-humorous slang of 1920s through 1940s blues music-fascinating tidbits which help bring lyrics laden with double meanings into clear focus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538032312
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

The author of numerous memoirs and occasional fiction, Susan Newark is retired from teaching college English, owns a media retail store, and runs a publishing company. She lives in the Klamath Mountains and is writing a series of photo-illustrated hiking journals and several novels. **The Phosphorescence of Pearl **Dear Husband **The Return of the Viking **The Complete Journals Volume 1 **Finding Muself: The College Journals **The Reading Journals 1993-2008 **Gypsy Gems Travel & Hiking Journal (Series) **The Chesterfield Stationery Wars **Flashback: Collected Poems **The Occupation of Rooms Possessed **Letters from Valley View **Poems in the Attic: Witchery & the Art of Jill **Feminist Blues: Choice and Independence in the Music of Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, & Billie Holiday **Scorpio Love

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