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Bessie Smith

Columns

Thursday, July 10 2014

Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues

Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.


Reviews

Tuesday, January 13 2015

How Pioneering Blues Women Were All But Written out of "Official" Blues History

While industry gatekeepers were invested in a specific image of black performance, black performers themselves had different ideas.


Tuesday, December 4 2012

Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings

Not only would we not have had Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Janis Joplin without Bessie Smith, we wouldn't have singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele.


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