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Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll
by Maureen Mahon

    Publication Date: Oct 30, 2020
    List Price: $30.95
    Format: Paperback, 408 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9781478011224
    Imprint: Duke University Press Books
    Publisher: Duke University Press Books
    Parent Company: Duke University
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    Paperback Description:

    African American women have played a pivotal part in rock and roll-from laying its foundations and singing chart-topping hits to influencing some of the genre’s most iconic acts. Despite this, black women’s importance to the music’s history has been diminished by narratives of rock as a mostly white male enterprise.

    In Black Diamond Queens, Maureen Mahon draws on recordings, press coverage, archival materials, and interviews to document the history of African American women in rock and roll between the 1950s and the 1980s. Mahon details the musical contributions and cultural impact of Big Mama Thornton, LaVern Baker, Betty Davis, Tina Turner, Merry Clayton, Labelle, the Shirelles, and others, demonstrating how dominant views of gender, race, sexuality, and genre affected their careers. By uncovering this hidden history of black women in rock and roll, Mahon reveals a powerful sonic legacy that continues to reverberate into the twenty-first century.



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