Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music

Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music

by Eileen M. Hayes, Linda Tillery
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0252035143

ISBN-13: 9780252035142

Pub. Date: 03/01/2010

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Drawing on fieldwork conducted at eight women's music festivals, Eileen M. Hayes shows how studying these festivals—attended by predominately white lesbians—provides critical insight into the role of music and lesbian community formation. She argues that the women's music festival is a significant institutional site for the emergence of black feminist

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Drawing on fieldwork conducted at eight women's music festivals, Eileen M. Hayes shows how studying these festivals—attended by predominately white lesbians—provides critical insight into the role of music and lesbian community formation. She argues that the women's music festival is a significant institutional site for the emergence of black feminist consciousness in the contemporary period. Hayes also offers sage perspectives on black women's involvement in the women's music festival scene, the ramifications of their performances as drag kings in those environments, and the challenges and joys of a black lesbian retreat based on the feminist festival model. With acuity and candor, longtime feminist activist Hayes elucidates why this music scene matters. Veteran vocalist, percussionist, producer, and cultural historian Linda Tillery provides a foreword.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252035142
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
African Amer Music in Global Perspective Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

FOREWORD BY LINDA TILLERY....................ix
INTRODUCTION....................1
1. Diary of a Mad Black Woman Festigoer....................9
2. Reconnaissance: Entering a Music Festival Scene....................32
3. After the Golden Age: Negotiating Perspective....................46
4. Nappy (and Deep) Roots: Streams of Musical and Political Influence....................64
5. "Ideal Relationships": Women's Music Audiences....................78
6. Redistricting: Gay and Black Outdoors....................89
7. Legacy: Musicians of the Next Generation....................114
8. Working for the Weekend: Festival Organizers and Workers....................131
9. Guys like Us: Community Membership Revisited....................148
CONCLUSION....................175
DREAMGIRLS: A STAR-GAZER'S GUIDE TO MUSICIANS....................179
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................181
NOTES....................185
DISCOGRAPHY OF BLACK MUSICIANS IN WOMEN'S MUSIC....................213
BIBLIOGRAPHY....................217
INDEX....................229

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