Queer Blues: The Hidden Figures of Early Blues Music (Hardcover)

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Queer Blues: The Hidden Figures of Early Blues Music (Hardcover)

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From the very beginning, the blues has had a close connection with the LGBTQ community. There is a long and decorated history of so-called ‘dirty blues’ songs, stretching back beyond the earliest attempts to capture the blues on record. The 1920s and 30s saw the release of dozens of raunchy, bawdy blues recordings aimed at a knowing LGBTQ audience. Queer Blues tells the story of the pioneering LGBTQ composers and entertainers that wrote, performed, and recorded these wonderfully outlandish, life-affirming songs and chronicles, including: Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Josephine Baker to Frankie ‘Half-Pint’ Jaxon and many more. This is the definitive account of the LGBTQ trailblazers of early blues and a fascinating consideration of the intersection between music and LGBTQ history, from the award-winning Darryl W. Bullock.
Darryl Bullock is a publisher, editor, and writer specializing in numerous areas including music and the arts. He is the author of The World's Worst Records and posts weekly on his popular blog, The World's Worst Records. Bullock helped launch We Are Family, the UK's first magazine for LGBT families and their friends. His book The Velvet Mafia won the prestigious Penderyn music book award in 2022, and his following title Pride, Pop, and Poltics was widely acclaimed on release. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781913172527
ISBN-10: 191317252X
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication Date: September 14th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English