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Good booty : love and sex, black & white, body and soul in American music

Author: Ann Powers
Publisher: New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR's acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate both emotionally and truthfully about our most fraught social issues, sex and race. In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form. She takes us from nineteenth-century New  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Powers
ISBN: 9780062463692 0062463691
OCLC Number: 981576251
Description: xxvi, 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The taboo baby: New Orleans, 1800-1900 --
That da da strain: shimmying, shaking, sexology: New York, 1900-1929 --
Let it breathe on me: spiritual erotics: Chicago, Birmingham, Memphis, 1929-1956 --
Teen dreams and grown-up urges: the American heartland, 1950-1960 --
The sexual revolution and its discontents: New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, 1961-1970 --
Hard and soft realities: London, Los Angeles, New York, 1971-1979 --
Oh no, it hurts: AIDS, Reagan, and the backlash: New York, San Francisco, Seattle, 1977-1997 --
Hungry cyborgs: Britney, Beyoncé, and the virtual frontier: Cyberspace, 1999-2016.
Responsibility: Ann Powers.

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"In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR's acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate both emotionally and truthfully about our most fraught social issues, sex and race. In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form. She takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth-century rock and roll and the cutting-edge adventures of today's viral pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge of gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft-rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism--not merely sex, but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy--became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song. This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America's anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedom. Spanning more than a century of music, Powers both heralds little-known artists--such as Florence Mills, a contemporary of Josephine Baker, and gospel queen Dorothy Love Coates--and sheds new light on artists we think we know well, from the Beatles and Jim Morrison to Madonna and Beyoncé. In telling the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect, Good Booty--Powers's magnum opus over two decades in the making--offers new insights into our national psyche and our soul."--Jacket.
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"No writer is better equipped than Ann Powers to clarify and dissect the fundamental American myths that power our popular music. Good Booty is an expansive, electrifying, and important book. It Read more...

 
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