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Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music
by Eileen M. Hayes
foreword by Linda Tillery
University of Illinois Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-252-07698-5 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09149-0 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03514-2
Library of Congress Classification ML82.H42 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.820973

Drawing on fieldwork conducted at eight women's music festivals, Eileen M. Hayes shows how studying these festivals--attended by predominately white lesbians--provides critical insight into the role of music and lesbian community formation. She argues that the women's music festival is a significant institutional site for the emergence of black feminist consciousness in the contemporary period. Hayes also offers sage perspectives on black women's involvement in the women's music festival scene, the ramifications of their performances as drag kings in those environments, and the challenges and joys of a black lesbian retreat based on the feminist festival model. With acuity and candor, longtime feminist activist Hayes elucidates why this music scene matters. Veteran vocalist, percussionist, producer, and cultural historian Linda Tillery provides a foreword.

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