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What the Lady Bears Were Doing: Women, Music and the 1950s

Presented by Kalamazoo Institute of Arts at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo MI

Mar 23 2023
What the Lady Bears Were Doing: Women, Music and the 1950s

Visual artists were not the only women breaking new ground in the 1950s. Women vocalists, songwriters, and musicians also cast a vast and relatively forgotten musical canvas of cultural production. Drawing from interviews or autobiographies of Esther Phillips, Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Mabel Liston, Kay Starr, and Della Reese, this talk will explore the terrains of race, gender and industry. The Lady Bears, a term highlighted in Little Esther’s Double Crossing Blues and deepened by Big

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