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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
     

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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by August Wilson
 

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The time is 1927. The place is a run-down recording studio in Chicago. Ma Rainey, the legendary blues singer, is due to arrive with her entourage to cut new sides of old favorites. Waiting for her are her black musician sidemen, the white owner of the record company, and her white manager. What goes down in the session to come is more than music. It is a riveting

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Outstanding! must own DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ma Rainey is a stroy about control. August very masterfully allows his readers to form an opinion on a character before even introducing them, as is the case with Madame Rainey. Although Ma is the leader of the band and can make or break them, the supporting characters, mostly Levee, challenge this leadership with their own opinions which leads to his own demise. Had this been allowed to continue, the band would have split. However Ma kept things together. This book is very carefully done with the intent to open readers to a deeper meaning, although it is with this unclarity that some of the meaning of the main plot is lost.