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I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on Their Craft Paperback – October 26, 2007

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Barnett, a professor of African studies at Sarah Lawrence College, transcribes lively, occasionally formulaic interviews she's conducted with 20 black women songwriters as iconic as Nina Simone (before her death in 2003) and as hip as Tokunbo Akinro of the European band Tok Tok Tok. Barnett aims at revealing the sources of their songwriting inspiration, as Abbey Lincoln opines divinely: I learned early on that this work is not about me. I am inspired by a holy muse and my ancestors. Many of the women used singing and performing as a means of expressing conflicting identities, such as Chaka Khan, whose initial work with Rufus explored black pride, sexual liberation and second-wave feminism. Dianne Reeves is inspired to write songs by reading great books by black women; Dionne Warwick has lived in Brazil for years because in America the elements of respect and caring and loving are so far removed from a lot of the music we are surrounded with today; and gospel legend Shirley Caesar is also a pastor of a church in Raleigh, N.C. Joan Armatrading, Toshi Reagon, Miriam Makeba, Narissa Bond and Nona Hendryx, among international greats, speak beautifully about their complex musical makeup, beautifully encapsulated in this mightily useful volume. (Nov.)
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"Curve""In this vibrant collection of interviews, some of the most influential African American female singer/songwriters share their inspirations, the lessons they learned and the story of what it has taken to create some of the most popular music in the world."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568583311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568583310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. T. boyd on November 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love this book. LaShonda Barnett has a true gift for performing interviews--her intelligence and her respect for these artists is conveyed in every word. For the artists with which I'm more familiar, I don't think I've ever had such intimate glimpses into the hearts and minds of how their "crafts" work. This really is a first rate, one-of-a-kind collection. I hope there are more volumes to come.
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These are some of my favorite singers and Lashonda Barnett does a perfect job of paying tribute to some of the best singers we have today. The Odetta interview had me completely entranced. A must read for any music lover.
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this is the kind of book that speaks to the past and present. you know about Valerie Simpson, Brenda Russell however this is the kind of book needed to balance and touch on something that is never talked about near enough. very well put together.
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