Good Booty

Good Booty

Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music / Ann Powers

Book - 2017
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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 difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.

In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form. Powers 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 to the cutting-edge adventures of today's web-based pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge and insights on 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.

In a survey that spans 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--a magnum opus over two decades in the making--Powers offers new insights into our nation psyche and our soul.

Publisher: New York, New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062463692
Characteristics: xxvi, 418 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Sep 17, 2019

"Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom!"-Little Richard
NPR music critic Ann Powers's ambitious music history confirms that it was just as concerned parents, preachers, and cultural watchdogs warned: pop music is all about sex. Well, according to her, it's also about gender, race, and the body. I like the main idea, although it's sometimes unfocused and prone to tangents. It feels like maybe three different books stuffed into one. She really hits her stride in the 60s and 70s but feels a little more unsure with contemporary music, especially hip-hop. You might also like "The Sex Revolts."

Mar 11, 2019

For all music lovers is a must read!!
Author knows really well the music industry.
I love this book!!!

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