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Shout, Sister, Shout!: Ten Girl Singers Who Shaped A Century Hardcover – March 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689819919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689819919
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,767,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Garland wrings our hearts with her wistful "Over the Rainbow;" Madonna inspires a dancing frenzy with "Everybody;" Ethel Merman blows us away with her brassy "Everything's Coming Up Roses;" Bette Midler makes us laugh with her schlocky "Chapel of Love;" and Joan Baez looks back on an era of social protest with her hauntingly beautiful "Diamonds and Rust." In this richly illustrated collection of biographies, music critic Roxane Orgill recreates those magic moments and paints vivid word pictures of the lives of 10 women vocalists who span the century, from Sophie Tucker, Last of the Red Hot Mamas, to country singer Lucinda Williams. "This book tells the stories of ten women who went about their own business, regardless of what other people said or did. These women took charge of their lives and their singing careers," Orgill declares. Each artist epitomizes her decade, often by resisting the social currents of the time. They come from 10 different genres of popular music and entertainment--cabaret, vaudeville, movie musicals, Broadway shows, music videos, country, rock, blues, folk, and jazz--and the author characterizes those musical styles and sets them in historical perspective, as the great blues singers Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith are shown against a backdrop of racial injustice, and Anita O'Day's intellectual jazz improvisations are explained in the context of the Beat era. Adding to the wealth of information are sidebars on the development of electronic media, intriguing glimpses into the public wardrobe of each singer, and a discography for some great listening. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

From Publishers Weekly

Ten Girl Singers Who Shaped a Century by Roxane Orgill selects one female singer per decade to characterize a musical era, beginning in vaudeville in the 1900s with Sophie Tucker and closing in the 1990s with Lucinda Williams. The volume includes such luminaries as Ma Rainey, Judy Garland, Joan Baez, Bette Midler and Madonna. Some of the author's choices may encourage lively debate among musicians ("What Anita did with her little voice was more interesting to me than what Sarah did with her magnificent one," writes Orgill of Anita O'Day and her peer, Sarah Vaughan), as she handily describes the progression of music and its different faces. "What's N ew?" and "What [she] wore" boxes put each singer's music and fashion in context.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Etc. VINE VOICE on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Author Roxane Orgill picked a single woman to epitomize each decade of the 20th century, profiling women of different genres, each of whom has an interesting story and voice. Shout, Sister, Shout! is a great introduction to the performers and leaves one wanting to read more about each one of them, while artfully giving a sense of the developments of the 20th century. I read this fascinating, photographically illustrated book in two sittings and was sorry when it was over.
For the 1950s we get, not all-American girl Doris Day, but jazz singer and junkie Anita O'Day, and Orgill chooses outrageous Bette Midler for the 70s instead of Linda Rondstadt, for instance. Her choice for the 1990s was the most difficult ["How was I to know which of the top performers (of the 1990s) would still be considered exceptional ten, twenty, thirty years from now?"]; with keen insight, the author finally picked alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, though she includes long sidebars about Wynonna Judd and LeAnn Rimes as well.
Additional sidebars describe advances in music technology and each performer's fashions, and Orgill sneaks in advancements in women's and civil rights, without whitewashing each woman's difficulties, triumphs, love affairs, and addictions. Two of `em - Anita O'Day and Ethel Merman - never learned to cook, and O'Day didn't clean, either. (You go, girls!) Incidentally, O'Day chose her stage last name because, she said, "In pig Latin it meant `dough,' which was what I hoped to make."
Make sure the music-loving young women in your life see this book, and if you're a grrrl of ANY age or gender, you're sure to enjoy it yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Roxane Orgill selected ten of the greatest female volcatist of the last century to highlight in these fascinating biographies in "Shout, Sister, Shout". As you take a musical journey through this book you will meet ten amazing women, including Bette Midler, Joan Baez, Judy Garland, Madonna, and Lucinda Williams. You will get a glimpse into how music changed their lives and how their music changed the world. Roxane Orgill includes descriptions of some of the clothes these women wore and discussions of how we experience music has changed through the decades. This a fabulous book with great pictures and interesting stories. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys music.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2001
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I just finished reading SIGHTS by Susanna Vance before I read this. Together, these are my favorite books. Both authors show girls at their strong best. I'm inspired!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randall Riley on September 11, 2008
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Shameful. In the forward, the author acknowledges-- in passing-- the Boswell Sisters and Connee Boswell but doesn't include them in the book. Of all the girl singers from the 1930's, they not only set the pace but so changed music that it is sinful to have omitted them. Further, for Ella Fitzgerald to state that Connee Boswell, a White jazz singer from New Orleans, was her main early influence should stop traffic each time it is acknowledged. The book should be titled "My Favorite Girl Singers," rather than assuming these are the most influential female singers of their generation.
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