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VINTAGE, DIRTY, HOKUM, LOW DOWN & VAUDEVILLE BLUES and BURLESQUE

Great Documentary About Some of the Ladies Who Created DIRTY BLUES

August 11, 2017
marymicari

Thought I’d share. Great documentary about some strong and talented ladies. I sing some of their songs and can still feel the power and fun in every lyric. When I sing this music its like they are singing through me it makes sense. They were strong and powerful women their power lingers in the art they created. bentley-and-bandleader-willie-bryant-1936 SophLadies_AlbertaHunter

Enjoy.

https://vimeo.com/channels/framelinevoices/81826291
T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness exposes the triply oppressed (black, female, queer) pioneers of blues through interviews with cultural historians, vintage photos, footage, and recordings, all narrated by Jewelle Gomez. With lavish costumes and sexually suggestive lyrics, bisexual and lesbian singers such as Ma Rainey (got arrested for indecency at an all-girl party—while married to a man) and Gladys Bentley (a “bulldagger” in full tuxedo) were regularly shunned by the church and society for their rough and tumble ways. Like Frameline Voices? Donate here: http://bit.ly/FramelineDonate
Robert Philipson 2011 29 min. USA

A bit more information:

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/singing-the-lesbian-blues-in-1920s-harlem/ethel-waters_birmingham-bertha_1929_0-lg_f401

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