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A bad woman feeling good : blues and the women who sing them

Author: Buzzy Jackson
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First edition
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From the Publisher: The women who broke the rules, creating their own legacy of how to live and sing the blues. An exciting lineage of women singers-originating with Ma Rainey and her protegee Bessie Smith-shaped the blues, launching it as a powerful, expressive vehicle of emotional liberation. Along with their successors Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Janis Joplin, they injected a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Jackson, Buzzy.
Bad woman feeling good.
(DLC) 2004026996
(OCoLC)57001820
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Buzzy Jackson
ISBN: 9780393346329 0393346323
OCLC Number: 916050151
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 319 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Bad women, the early years : Mamie Desdoumes, Sophie Tucker, Mamie Smith, and Ma Rainey --
The air and how to fill it : Bessie Smith, blues singer --
Billie Holiday, jazz noir --
The devil and the deep blue sea : Etta James and Aretha Franklin --
The great Saturday night swindle : Tina Turner and Janis Joplin --
Blues attitude.
Responsibility: Buzzy Jackson.
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From the Publisher: The women who broke the rules, creating their own legacy of how to live and sing the blues. An exciting lineage of women singers-originating with Ma Rainey and her protegee Bessie Smith-shaped the blues, launching it as a powerful, expressive vehicle of emotional liberation. Along with their successors Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Janis Joplin, they injected a dose of reality into the often trivial world of popular song, bringing their message of higher expectations and broader horizons to their audiences. These women passed their image, their rhythms, and their toughness on to the next generation of blues women, which has its contemporary incarnation in singers like Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams (with whom the author has done an in-depth interview). Buzzy Jackson combines biography, an appreciation of music, and a sweeping view of American history to illuminate the pivotal role of blues women in a powerful musical tradition. Musician Thomas Dorsey said, "The blues is a good woman feeling bad." But these women show by their style that he had it backward: The blues is a bad woman feeling good.

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