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Author Kapurch, Katie, 1983- author.

Title Blackbird : how Black musicians sang the Beatles into being and sang back to them ever after / Katie Kapurch and Jon Marc Smith.

Publication Info. University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2023]


Location Call No. Status
 Canton Public Library - Adult New Materials  782.4216 KAPURCH    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult New Materials  782.42 KAPURCH    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Adult New Materials  782.4216 BEATLES K    DUE 07-30-24
Description xiv, 257 pages ; 23 cm
Series American music history
American music history.
Note "Foreword by Cyrus Cassells" -- from cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-242) and index.
Contents Introduction : change the history : the blackbird in song, story, and transatlantic flight -- Flee (free) as a bird : the legacy of the ring shout, flying Africans, and gospel in Black music and the Beatles -- Sing a song of blackbird : pre-twentieth-century transatlantic flights in Black music, the Beatles, and Liverpool -- I'm a little blackbird : Florence Mills, blackbirds of the Harlem Renaissance, and the Beatles' jazz age predecessors -- Flying across the ocean : Lead Belly, "Grey goose," and the Beatles' Liverpool skiffle scene -- You can fly away : Lord Woodbine and Lord Kitchener, "Yellow bird," and calypso in the Beatles' Liverpool club scene -- You ain't ever gonna fly : Nina Simone's "Blackbird" and revolutionary responses to the Beatles -- A blackbird on a white album : Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, and other winged inspirations in and around 1968 -- Like a bird up in the sky : Billy Preston flies to the Beatles in London and circles back to LA with "Blackbird" -- Y'all ready girls? : "Blackbird" soars in San Francisco with Sylvester, two tons o' fun, and the band -- I was just seeing myself singing : Bettye LaVette on interpreting the Beatles and singing a bridge of blackbirds -- Conclusion : twenty-first-century "Blackbird" in Paul McCartney's legend, for #BlackLivesMatter, and into transoceanic flightpaths.
Summary "Presents a history of the influence of Black musicians on the Beatles, exploring musical and storytelling legacies full of rich but contested symbolism and the transatlantic circulation of diaspora African arts, tropes, and symbols"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Beatles.
Beatles. Blackbird.
Popular music -- African American influences.
Popular music -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
Music and race.
Birds -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
Beatles. (OCoLC)fst00530133
African Americans -- Music. (OCoLC)fst00799648
Music and race. (OCoLC)fst01030486
Popular music. (OCoLC)fst01071422
Popular music -- African American influences. (OCoLC)fst01765997
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Author Smith, Jon Marc, author.
ISBN 9780271095615 (hardback)
027109561X (hardback)
9780271095622 (paperback)
0271095628 (paperback)
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