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Bessie Smith : a poet's biography of a blues legend

Author: Jackie Kay
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Vintage books originalView all editions and formats
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"Known for her prodigious musical talent, her timeless blues narratives about personal and socioeconomic problems, her tough persona, and her innate ability to enrapture audiences with her raw voice, Bessie Smith--the Empress of the Blues--receives a unique biographical treatment in this special life narrative captured by one of Scotland's finest poets. By masterfully blending research, fiction, nonfiction, poetry,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kay, Jackie, 1961-
Bessie Smith
New York : Vintage Books, 2021.
(DLC) 2021005505
Named Person: Bessie Smith; Bessie Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jackie Kay
ISBN: 9780593314272 0593314271
OCLC Number: 1236898904
Notes: "Originally published... in Great Britain by Absolute Press, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Bath, in 1997, and subsequently published reat Britian by Faber & Faber Limited, London, in 2021."--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 205 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: 'The red graveyard' --
Introduction --
In the house of the blues --
Chattanooga, 1894 --
In the Ma's footsteps --
The trunk and the no-good man --
Wax --
Ruby on the road --
Tales of the Empress --
The blues --
Mississippi, 1937.
Responsibility: Jackie Kay.

Abstract:

"Known for her prodigious musical talent, her timeless blues narratives about personal and socioeconomic problems, her tough persona, and her innate ability to enrapture audiences with her raw voice, Bessie Smith--the Empress of the Blues--receives a unique biographical treatment in this special life narrative captured by one of Scotland's finest poets. By masterfully blending research, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and her own experiences in listening to Bessie Smith, Jackie Kay brings Smith to life, chronicling her humble beginnings in Tennessee to her national touring and recording success to her troubled relationships and her tragic end. The result is a lyrical tribute that not only captures Smith's personality but manages to reproduce her voice as her lyrics echo throughout the text. Bessie Smith lives on, and as Kay argues, she is relevant now more than ever"--

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