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April 1, 2007

Black Women and Music: More than the Blues

The AAAMC is pleased to announce the release of a new book in the series African American Music in Global Perspective.  The series, edited by Portia K. Maultsby and Mellonee V. Burnim, is published by University of Illinois Press.

Black Women and Music: More than the Blues
Edited by Eileen M. Hayes and Linda F. Williams

This collection is the first interdisciplinary volume to address black women's negotiation of race and gender in African American music. Contributors explore ways African American women musicians of the twentieth century have negotiated feminisms, engaged in social activism, and worked within--or sometimes independent of--a male-dominated music industry.  Individual essays examine the experiences of black women in classical music and in contemporary blues, the history of black female gospel-inflected voices in the Broadway musical, contemporary electric guitarists in the blues, and "hip-hop feminism" and its complications. With a focus on black women in previously underexamined contexts, the authors introduce readers to the work of a prominent gospel announcer, to performers of "women-identified music," and to women affiliated with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The authors place black women's social identities and experiences at the center of their analyses and establish a theoretical basis for examining black women's music making, not only historically, but during the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

EILEEN M. HAYES is an assistant professor of music at the University of North Texas. LINDA F. WILLIAMS is an independent scholar and jazz saxophonist.

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