blues legacies

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday

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 by Angela Y. Davis

The author of Women, Race and Class suggests that “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday represent a black working-class, feminist ideology and historical consciousness. Davis’ illuminating analysis of the songs performed by these artists provides readers with a compelling and transformative understanding of their musical and social contributions and of their relation to both the African-American community and American culture. of photos.

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of blues singer Howlin’ Wolf, who was born in Mississippi on this day (June 10th) in 1910. Born Chester Arthur Burnett, he was mistreated in his childhood for his rebellious spirit but found love within his father’s large family during his teen years. This love gave him some of the fuel necessary to live a long life of joy, music, and fulfillment. Influenced by fellow blues greats such as Ma Rainey and Tommy Johnson, he took up the guitar and harmonica during the early 1930′s and soon after, his rocky voice, referred to as a growl/howl, became one of the most distinct sounds of the time. 

Enjoy Fuzed’s playlist dedicated to the big bad Wolf.

Smokestack Lightning

Shake For Me

Meet Me In The Bottom

I’ll Be Back Someday

Sittin’ On Top Of The World

Evil (Is Going On)

Dust My Broom

300 Pounds Of Joy

Highway 49

Don’t Laugh At Me