Black Women and Music

Black Women and Music

by Eileen M. Hayes
     
 

Their challenges to feminist movements and the music industry at large

This collection is the first interdisciplinary volume to address black women’s negotiation of race and gender in African American music. Contributors explore ways African American women musicians of the twentieth century have negotiated feminisms, engaged in social activism, and worked

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Their challenges to feminist movements and the music industry at large

This collection is the first interdisciplinary volume to address black women’s negotiation of race and gender in African American music. Contributors explore ways African American women musicians of the twentieth century have negotiated feminisms, engaged in social activism, and worked within—or sometimes independent of—a male-dominated music industry.

Individual essays examine the experiences of black women in classical music and in contemporary blues: the history of black female gospel-inflected voices in the Broadway musical, contemporary electric guitarists in the blues, and "hip-hop feminism" and its complications. With a focus on black women in previously underexamined contexts, authors introduce readers to the work of a prominent gospel announcer, to performers of “women-identified music,” and to women affiliated with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The authors place black women's social identities and experiences at the center of their analyses and establish a theoretical basis for examining black women’s music-making, not only historically, but during the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.  

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252074264
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
African Amer Music in Global Perspective
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
926,746
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Ingrid Monson     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
New Perspectives in Studies of Black Women and Music   Eileen M. Hayes     1
Having Her Say: Power and Complication in Popular Music
Hip-Hop Soul Divas and Rap Music: Critiquing the Love That Hate Produced   Gwendolyn Pough     23
Black Women Electric Guitarists and Authenticity in the Blues   Maria V. Johnson     51
Langston Hughes and the Black Female Gospel Voice in the American Musical   Charles I. Nero     72
When and Where She Enters: Black Women in Unsung Places
That Text, That Timbre: Introducing Gospel Announcer Edna Tatum   Deborah Smith Pollard     93
Black Women, Jazz, and Feminism   Linda F. Williams     119
Women of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians: Four Narratives   Nanette de Jong     134
Black Women and "Women's Music"   Eileen M. Hayes     153
Revisiting Musical Herstories
Black Women in Art Music   Teresa L. Reed     179
Leontyne Price: Prima Donna Assoluta   Elizabeth Amelia Hadley     197
Harriet Gibbs Marshall and Three Musical Spectacles   Sarah Schmalenberger     210
Contributors     237
Index     241

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