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A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them

A Bad Woman Feeling Good Blues and the Women Who Sing Them An exciting lineage of women singers originating with Ma Rainey and her prot g e Bessie Smith shaped the blues launching it as a powerful expressive vehicle of emotional liberation Along with their

  • Title: A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them
  • Author: Buzzy Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780393059366
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An exciting lineage of women singers originating with Ma Rainey and her prot g e Bessie Smith shaped the blues, launching it as a powerful, expressive vehicle of emotional liberation Along with their successors Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Janis Joplin, they injected a dose of reality into the often trivial world of popular song, bringingAn exciting lineage of women singers originating with Ma Rainey and her prot g e Bessie Smith shaped the blues, launching it as a powerful, expressive vehicle of emotional liberation Along with their successors Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Janis Joplin, they injected a dose of reality into the often trivial world of popular song, bringing their message of higher expectations and broader horizons to their audiences These women passed their image, their rhythms, and their toughness on to the next generation of blues women, which has its contemporary incarnation in singers like Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams with whom the author has done an in depth interview Buzzy Jackson combines biography, an appreciation of music, and a sweeping view of American history to illuminate the pivotal role of blues women in a powerful musical tradition Musician Thomas Dorsey said, The blues is a good woman feeling bad But these women show by their style that he had it backward The blues is a bad woman feeling good.

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    1 thought on “A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them

    1. The subtitle of this book is "Blues and the Women Who Sing Them." I think a better subtitle woudl be "The Influence of the Blues on American Women's Music." The focus is not so much on the blues form as it is on the emotional content of the music. Jackson treats a long line of singers from various backgrounds as a sort of genealogy of "blueswomen," each inheriting a legacy of attitude and style from her predecessors: Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turn [...]

    2. Blues has its origins in American slave culture. When "christian" religion was 'given' to slaves many of the stories were put into songs and sung with strong emotions bringing Gospel music to American culture. Most of the lyrics of these songs had double meanings and lamented what the slaves did not have in this world. After the Civil War African-Americans had expected better treatment and opportunities then came about. The laments of what they did not have were put into songs song with emotion. [...]

    3. Starts off all right, but really falls apart at the end. The women she chooses to cover at first make sense, then seem more and more arbitrarily chosen. Not reccomended for anyone with a working knowledge of female blues singers.

    4. A very interesting book with some great history about blues and jazz. Kind of loses it at the end with some of the musician choices, but still, very cool read.

    5. A nice overview, making more sense at the beginning. It is what it is: a dissertation that got published. And I'd love to know what the author's real name is . . .

    6. No new information is contained in these pages. Also, by focusing on only a handful of Blues Women, this author leaves A LOT out. Feels incomplete.

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