Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

by August Wilson
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson

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 portrayal of black rage . . . of racism, of the self-hate that racism breeds, and of racial exploitation . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452261136
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1985
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 138,100
Product dimensions: 5.33(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

August Wilson is a major American playwright whose work has been consistently acclaimed as among the finest of the American theater. His first play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play of 1984-85. His second play, Fences, won numerous awards for best play of the year, 1987, including the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Joe Turner's Come and Gone, his third play, was also voted best play of 1987-88 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1990, Wilson was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson.

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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!
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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.