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Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan [Hardcover]

Item : Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Hayes, Elaine M.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0062364685
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780062364685
Publisher Publisher : Ecco
Pages Pages : 432
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100105750

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Queen of Bebopbrilliantly chronicles the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the twentieth century and a pioneer of women’s and civil rights

Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of bebop, influenced a broad array of singers who followed in her wake, yet the breadth and depth of her impact—not just as an artist, but also as an African-American woman—remain overlooked.  

Drawing from a wealth of sources as well as on exclusive interviews with Vaughan’s friends and former colleagues,Queen of Bebopunravels the many myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded Vaughan while offering insights into this notoriously private woman, her creative process, and, ultimately, her genius. Hayes deftly traces the influence that Vaughan’s singing had on the perception and appreciation of vocalists—not to mention women—in jazz. She reveals how, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Vaughan helped desegregate American airwaves, opening doors for future African-American artists seeking mainstream success, while also setting the stage for the civil rights activism of the 1960s and 1970s. She follows Vaughan from her hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and her first performances at the Apollo, to the Waldorf Astoria and on to the world stage, breathing life into a thrilling time in American music nearly lost to us today.

Equal parts biography, criticism, and good old-fashioned American success story,Queen of Bebopis the definitive biography of a hugely influentló©

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