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Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music
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Ann Powers
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Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music

Ann Powers


Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US

Music reviews & criticism;
History of the Americas;
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000;
Popular culture


448 pages

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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 both emotionally and truthfully about our most fraught social issues, sex and race.

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

Spanning 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 Beyonce. In telling the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect, Good Booty-Powers's magnum opus over two decades in the making-offers new insights into our national psyche and our soul.

By:   Ann Powers
Imprint:   Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   323g
ISBN:   9780062463708
ISBN 10:   0062463705
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

No writer is better equipped than Ann Powers to clarify and dissect the fundamental American myths that power our popular music. Good Booty is an expansive, electrifying, and important book. It changed the way I listen. -- Amanda Petrusich, author of <i>Do Not Sell At Any Price</i> No writer on music has as keen a mind or as great a heart as Ann Powers. Sex is the subject, but Good Booty is really a tour-de-force history of an entire century of pop, rich in feeling and fierce in insight. It's a dazzling achievement. -- Alex Ross, <em>The Rest is Noise</em> A revelatory road trip through the erotic fever dreams of American culture . . . tells the whole epic saga of how music became the confessional where we go to share our deepest secrets and desires . . . Only Ann Powers could make this story so head-spinning-and often heartbreaking. -- Rob Sheffield, author of <em>Dreaming the Beatles</em> A fearless and often funny, feminist work. I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book-Good Booty is glorious! -- Jessica Hopper, author of <em>The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic</em> An instant, indispensable classic, for a culture that always needs sexual healing. -- Carl Wilson, author of <em>Let's Talk About Love</em> A major, original, comprehensive piece of rock history and analysis. -- Robert Christgau, author of <em>Going Into the City</em> With precision and wit, and across multiple musical genres, Powers contextualizes the complicated interplay of gender, sex, and race inherent in popular music within and against the backdrop of America's puritanical founding. -- <em>Library Journal</em>, starred review Fascinating. . . . readers won't look at Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj the same way. -- <em>Kirkus</em> Informative and entertaining ... Powers reveals an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and insight and has produced an absolutely essential addition to any pop-culture collection. -- <em>Booklist, </em>starred review NPR music critic Ann Powers explores themes of gender, sexuality, race and identity in this sweeping survey of popular music. -- <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, Summer Reading Round Up Stirring. -- <em>O, the Oprah Magazine </em> Both an indispensable guide to American pop music and a damned fine read . . . The best thing about Good Booty is that it reminds us that the right song shows us how to be somebody in a way that's not possible with any other art form. -- <em>Wall Street Journal </em> A fascinating history of popular music. -- <em>Bustle</em>, Best Nonfiction of the Month If for no other reason-though there are lots of other reasons-the book is worth a read for its mapping of the way hope and joy are present even in the darkest times. . . Powers' writing is deeply compassionate and nuanced. -- <em>Chapter 16</em> A fascinating history of popular music. -- <em>Bustle</em>, Best Nonfiction Books of August 2017

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