Liner Notes For The Revolution
Liner Notes For The Revolution
The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound

Daphne A. Brooks explores more than a century of music archives to examine the critics, collectors, and listeners who have determined perceptions of Black women on stage and in the recording studio. How is it possible, she asks, that iconic artists such as Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé exist simultaneously at the center and on the fringe of the culture industry?

Liner Notes for the Revolution offers a startling new perspective on these acclaimed figures—a perspective informed by the overlooked contributions of other Black women concerned with the work of their musical peers. Zora Neale Hurston appears as a sound archivist and a performer, Lorraine Hansberry as a queer Black feminist critic of modern culture, and Pauline Hopkins as America's first Black female cultural commentator. Brooks tackles the complicated racial politics of blues music recording, song collecting, and rock and roll criticism. She makes lyrical forays into the blues pioneers Bessie Smith and Mamie Smith, as well as fans who became critics, like the record-label entrepreneur and writer Rosetta Reitz. In the twenty-first century, pop superstar Janelle Monae’s liner notes are recognized for their innovations, while celebrated singers Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rhiannon Giddens, and Valerie June take their place as cultural historians.

With an innovative perspective on the story of Black women in popular music—and who should rightly tell it—Liner Notes for the Revolution pioneers a long overdue recognition and celebration of Black woman musicians as radical intellectuals.

Title Liner Notes For The Revolution
Subtitle The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound
Edition First Edition
Author Daphne Brooks
Publisher Harvard University Press
Co-publisher Belknap
Title First Published 03 February 2021
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 608 p.
Product Detail 1 Cloth
ISBN-10 0674052811
ISBN-13 9780674052819
Publication Date 21 February 2021
Product Content Text (eye-readable)
Main content page count 608
Dimensions 9.2 x 9.1 in.
Weight 32 oz.

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