Just Mahalia, Babyby Laurraine Goreau
The queen of gospel and a symbol of integrity, Mahalia Jackson was the embodiment of an era. Accurate, well-researched, and rich with the music, faith, people, and events that sparked the spirit of the time, Just Mahalia, Baby is a fast-paced and engaging biography. From the poverty of her New Orleans childhood, where she sang in church and was exposed to the
The queen of gospel and a symbol of integrity, Mahalia Jackson was the embodiment of an era. Accurate, well-researched, and rich with the music, faith, people, and events that sparked the spirit of the time, Just Mahalia, Baby is a fast-paced and engaging biography. From the poverty of her New Orleans childhood, where she sang in church and was exposed to the rhythms of ragtime jazz, through troubled times and triumphs, and on to Chicago, wealth, and worldwide acclaim, her biographer Laurraine Goreau chronicles Mahalia's storied life and career.
Mahalia went to receptions for presidents, sang at a freedom rally to set the mood before Martin Luther King spoke, toured the world, and remained a dedicated fighter for black people's rights. Generous and warm-hearted, she won the respect and admiration of those who knew her, whether personally or through her music.
Downbeat magazine named her one of the top four jazz vocalists along with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, yet she remained undaunted by fame. "Don't make me no saint, baby!" she told Laurraine Goreau. "Tell the real story of me."
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Words can't describe it. I still haven't gotten through the entire book, but from what I have read, it highlights many of Mahalia's moments- whether it be good times or bad. I love that this book doesn't get too personal (like other biographies), but it gives us enough information. Also, in this book, there are many great photos of Mahalia, her friends, and relatives. She was and still is the Q-U-E-E-N! No doubt about it!
If there ever was a great book written on Mahalia Jackson, besides her own autobiography, this is it. A marvellous book that reads like a novel. The only details really left out was her relationship with younger gospel singers (those that came along in the late fifties and sixties, as opposed to her contemporaries), and the grandeur that she was treated with at her funeral services. Other than that this book gives you an intimate look at the Mahalia the artist, Mahalia the woman who had a troubled love life, who prayed long and hard throughout her life for her ocassional temper. We learn in this book that she was 'no saint' as she often admitted - she refused to be short changed by anyone she deemed well off enough to pay her and demand her payments upfront, but who would sing for free for any worthy cause; Mahalia the activist and Civil Rights supporter and Mahalia the entrepreneur. This book tells about the Mahalia who despite being neglected by her father as a child and longing for the love of her dead mother, turned around and poured love on those in need. Turn the pages and learn about Mahalia the giver, who paid for medical bills and educations, and defended the underprivileged and who stunned and charmed the world with the most beautiful contralto voice ever raised in Gospel Song. From Hawaii to Japan, Sweden to Liberia - she was the World's Greatest Gospel Singer, hands down!!! This book should be an item in the collection of anyone that considers him or herself a Halie fan. Buy the book, peeps, it's worth it.