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Black Women in Blues

A survey of the foremothers of Blues Music in the United States of America. Gain insight into their contribution to the music of artists like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and SZA along with the performance of sexuality that many Black women experience and imple

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Budds, Michael J. “African-American Women in Blues and Jazz.” In Collected Work: Women and Music: A History. Published by: Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1991.; Published by: Indianapolis, IN, United States: Indiana University Press, 1991. Pages: 282-297. (AN: 1991-05733).Bloomington: Indiana University Press, n.d.

Burnim, Mellonee V., and Portia K. Maultsby. African American Music: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Finn, Julio. The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas. New York: Quartet Books, 1986.

Hale, Grace Elizabeth. “Hear Me Talking to You: The Blues and the Romance of Rebellion.” In Collected Work: Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture (1890–1930). Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series, Published by: Chapel Hill, NC, USA: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Pages: 239-258. (AN: 2011-06411).Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, n.d.

Harrison, Daphne Duval. “Aesthetics of Blues Women’s Lyrics and Performances.” In Collected Work: Such Sweet Thunder: Views on Black American Music. Published by: Amherst, MA, United States: University of Massachusetts (Fine Arts Center), 2003. Pages: 47-53. (AN: 2003-13752).Amherst: University of Massachusetts (Fine Arts Center), n.d.

———. “Women in African American Music: Blues.” In Collected Work: African American Music: An Introduction. Published by: New York, NY: Routledge, 2006. Pages: 508-528. (AN: 2006-09423).New York: Routledge, n.d.

Kernodle, Tammy L. “Having Her Say: The Blues as the Black Woman’s Lament.” In Collected Work: Women’s Voices across Musical Worlds. Published by: Boston, MA, USA: Northeastern University, 2004. Pages: 213-231. (AN: 2004-02104).Boston: Northeastern University, n.d.

Keyes, Cheryl L. “Daughters of the Blues: Women, Race, and Class Representation in Rap Music Performance.” In Collected Work: From Jubilee to Hip Hop: Readings in African American Music. Published by: Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall, 2010. Pages: 297-313. (AN: 2010-00050).Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, n.d.

Rabaka, Reiland. Hip Hop’s Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women’s Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012.

Traylor, Eleanor W. “Music as Theme: The Blues Mode in the Works of Margaret Walker.” In Collected Work: Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation. Published by: Garden City, NY: Anchor-Doubleday, 1984. Pages: 511-525. (AN: 1989-05356).Garden City: Anchor-Doubleday, n.d.

Yurchenco, Henrietta. “Mean Mama Blues: Bessie Smith and the Vaudeville Era.” In Collected Work: Music, Gender, and Culture. Series: Intercultural Music Studies, No. 1 Published by: Wilhelmshaven: Florian Noetzel Verlag, 1990. Pages: 241-251. (AN: 1991-01937).Wilhelmshaven: Florian Noetzel Verlag, n.d.