Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Café Society And An Early Cry For Civil Rights

Billie Holiday, Café Society And An Early Cry For Civil Rights
Author: David Margolick
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1782112529
Category: Music
Page: 176
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The story of the song that foretold a movement and the Lady who dared sing it. Billie Holiday's signature tune, 'Strange Fruit', with its graphic and heart-wrenching portrayal of a lynching in the South, brought home the evils of racism as well as being an inspiring mark of resistance. The song's powerful, evocative lyrics - written by a Jewish communist schoolteacher - portray the lynching of a black man in the South. In 1939, its performance sparked controversy (and sometimes violence) wherever Billie Holiday went. Not until sixteen years later did Rosa Parks refuse to yield her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Yet 'Strange Fruit' lived on, and Margolick chronicles its effect on those who experienced it first-hand: musicians, artists, journalists, intellectuals, students, budding activists, even the waitresses and bartenders who worked the clubs.

Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song
Author: Gary Golio
Publisher: Millbrook Press
ISBN: 1512438634
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 40
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The audience was completely silent the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever. Discover how two outsidersBillie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrantscombined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the Civil Rights movement.

Diversifizierung des Konzepts um 2000

Author: Albert Meier,Alessandro Costazza,Gérard Laudin
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110368617
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 302
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Ist die ›Kunstreligion‹ am Ausgang des 20. Jahrhunderts - nach kritischer Philosophie und Dekonstruktion - überhaupt noch möglich? Inwiefern hat sich die offensichtliche ›Rückkehr des Religiösen‹ in den öffentlichen Diskurs auch literarisch ausgewirkt: in Romanen und Erzählungen Lyrik und Reisebeschreibungen ebenso wie in Feuilleton-Diskussionen, Opern und performances? Im Anschluss an die beiden vorangegangenen Aufsatzbände zum Ursprung des Konzepts um 1800 und seiner Radikalisierung nach 1850 wird nun die Vielfalt kunstreligiöser Motive und Formen um 2000 anhand repräsentativer Werke dokumentiert. Unzweifelhaft klaffen Religion und Ästhetik zumeist auseinander und das Kunsterlebnis tritt an die Stelle religiöser Erfahrung, ohne dass das jeweilige Werk dabei notwendig sakralisiert würde. Selbst in negativer Gestalt kommt überall die ungebrochene Virulenz des romantischen Programms zum Tragen, Kunst in der Erscheinungsweise von Religion zu praktizieren.

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women

Author: Mia E. Bay,Farah J. Griffin,Martha S. Jones,Barbara D. Savage
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469620928
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Despite recent advances in the study of black thought, black women intellectuals remain often neglected. This collection of essays by fifteen scholars of history and literature establishes black women's places in intellectual history by engaging the work of writers, educators, activists, religious leaders, and social reformers in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. Dedicated to recovering the contributions of thinkers marginalized by both their race and their gender, these essays uncover the work of unconventional intellectuals, both formally educated and self-taught, and explore the broad community of ideas in which their work participated. The end result is a field-defining and innovative volume that addresses topics ranging from religion and slavery to the politicized and gendered reappraisal of the black female body in contemporary culture. Contributors are Mia E. Bay, Judith Byfield, Alexandra Cornelius, Thadious Davis, Corinne T. Field, Arlette Frund, Kaiama L. Glover, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, Natasha Lightfoot, Sherie Randolph, Barbara D. Savage, Jon Sensbach, Maboula Soumahoro, and Cheryl Wall.

Suspended Animation

Pain, Pleasure and Punishment in Medieval Culture
Author: Robert Mills
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861895534
Category: History
Page: 248
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When Marsellus in the film PulpFiction asserts, "I'm gonna git medieval on your ass," we know that he is about to bring down a fierce and exacting punishment. Yet is the violence of the Middle Ages that far removed from our modern society? Suspended Animation argues that not only is the stereotype of uncontrolled violence in the Middle Ages historically misleading, the gulf between modern society and the medieval era is not as immense as we might think. In fact, both medievals and moderns live within a social tension of "suspended animation" engendered by images and acts of violence. Just as in medieval times, Robert Mills argues, it is the threat of violence—not the reality—that continues to structure our lives. To illustrate this "aesthetics of suspense," Mills draws on extensive and disturbing examples from medieval iconography, contemporary philosophy, and even pornography, ranging from the vivid depictions of Hell in Tuscan frescoes to Billie Holiday's famously wrenching song "Strange Fruit". Mills reveals how these uncomfortable images and texts expose a modern self-deception, and he further explores how medieval images evoked a pleasure revealingly close to that found in modern depictions of sexuality. Suspended Animation also makes a fresh contribution to theoretical debates on pre-modern gender and sexuality. Mills's comprehensive analysis demonstrates that—as wartime prisoner abuse incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay have recently indicated—our notions of ourselves as not-medieval (that is, civilized) not only fail to prepare us for modern torture and warfare but also lead us into complicity with self-proclaimed moral and civic leaders. Whether considering a medieval painting of a Christian martyr or the immense popularity of grotesque historical tourist attractions such as the London Dungeons, Suspended Animation argues that images of death and violence are as pervasive today as they were in the Middle Ages, serving as potent reminders of the link between the modern and the medieval era.

Party Music

The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music
Author: Rickey Vincent
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613744951
Category: Music
Page: 432
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Party Music explores the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s, when the rise of a black militant movement also gave rise to a “Black Awakening” in the arts--and especially in music. Here Rickey Vincent, the award-winning author of Funk, explores the relationship of soul music to the Black Power movement from the vantage point of the musicians and black revolutionaries themselves. Party Music introduces readers to the Black Panther's own band, the Lumpen, a group comprised of rank-and-file members of the Oakland, California-based Party. During their year-long tenure, the Lumpen produced hard-driving rhythm-and-blues that asserted the revolutionary ideology of the Black Panthers. Through his rediscovery of the Lumpen, and based on new interviews with Party and band members, Vincent provides an insider's account of black power politics and soul music aesthetics in an original narrative that reveals more detail about the Black Revolution than ever before. Rickey Vincent is the author of Funk: The Music, The People, and the Rhythm of the One, and has written for the Washington Post, American Legacy, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

African American Autobiographers

A Sourcebook
Author: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313314094
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 416
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Chronicling the autobiographical tradition in African American literature from the 18th century to the present, this volume features 66 authors from Maya Angelou to Malcolm X. Alphabetized entries, written by expert contributors, include concise biographies, overviews of autobiographical works and themes, reviews of critical receptions, and bibliographies.

Lady sings the Blues

Author: Billie Holiday
Publisher: Edition Nautilus
ISBN: 3960541643
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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Die Autobiografie der legendären Jazzsängerin Billie Holiday! "Man hat mir gesagt, dass niemand das Wort ›Hunger‹ so singt wie ich. Genauso das Wort ›Liebe‹. Vielleicht liegt das daran, dass ich weiß, was diese Worte bedeuten. Vielleicht liegt das daran, dass ich stolz genug bin, mich an all das erinnern zu wollen, an Baltimore und Welfare Island, das katholische Heim und das Jefferson-Gericht, an den Sheriff vor unserm Haus in Harlem und die Städte in ganz Amerika, wo ich meine Beulen und Narben abbekommen habe, Philadelphia und Alderson, Hollywood und San Francisco, an jede Kleinigkeit. Alle Cadillacs und Nerze der Welt - und ich hatte von beiden schon einige - können das nicht aufwiegen oder vergessen machen. Alles was ich je von den Menschen gelernt habe, liegt in diesen beiden Worten. Zuerst braucht man etwas zu essen und ein bisschen Liebe, bevor man sich die Predigt von irgendjemandem über richtiges Verhalten anhören kann. Alles, was ich bin und was ich vom Leben will, sagen diese beiden Wörter."

Thirteen Loops

Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America
Author: B. J. Hollars
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817317538
Category: History
Page: 249
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A vivid and troubling portrait of violence, lynching, and race relations over a fifty-year period in the state of Alabama.

Hazel Scott

The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist from Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC
Author: Karen Chilton
Publisher: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 277
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The first biography of an important but overlooked African American pianist, singer, actor, and civil-rights advocate

People Get Ready

Race, Place and Political Identity in Post-civil Rights Black Popular Music, 1965-1975
Author: Michael Stephen Hanson
Publisher: N.A
Category: African Americans
Page: 476
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The Virgin Encyclopedia of Fifties Music

Author: Colin Larkin
Publisher: Virgin Books Limited
Category: Music
Page: 543
View: 4108

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Published for the first time in hardcover, this is the essential guide to the decade that spawned rock n roll and saw popular music set out on its path to becoming one of the dominant forces of post-war culture. It includes every artist who was quintessential to the decade—both those who had a significant impact on the development of popular music and those who flourished briefly. One thousand entries are distilled from the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the world's leading source of reference on rock and pop history. The essential elements are covered—dates, career facts, discography, album ratings, and a sense of context for each artists.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Category: History
Page: 528
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.