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Black Is... 1995: Music
Booklists for Adults

BEYOND CATEGORY: THE LIFE AND GENIUS OF DUKE ELLINGTON. John Edward Hasse.
A biography of the jazz giant drawing on previously unavailable family papers from the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington archives.

DANCING IN THE STREET: CONFESSIONS OF A MOTOWN DIVA. Martha Reeves and Mark Bego.
"Filled with loving affection and the requisite amount of score-settling."

DANCING TO A BLACK MAN'S TUNE: A LIFE OF SCOTT JOPLIN. Susan Curtis.
An exploration of the racial and social class dimensions of the ragtime composer's life and times.

THE DUKE ELLINGTON READER. Mark Tucker, editor.
Ellington's hold on his listeners was such that he inspired some of the most intelligent writing about jazz, much of it collected here.

ELLA FITZGERALD: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE FIRST LADY OF JAZZ. Stuart Nicholson.
A jazz writer traces the life of the media-shy singing star.

I SAY ME FOR A PARABLE: THE ORAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MANCE LIPSCOMB, TEXAS SONGSTER. Mance Lipscomb.
A tenant farmer and blues guitarist who led a hardscrabble life in rural Texas before making his first record at age 65.

NOTHING BUT THE BLUES: THE MUSIC AND THE MUSICIANS. Lawrence Cohn, editor.
A comprehensive discography and photographic portraits complement 11 historical essays.

PRIDE: THE CHARLEY PRIDE STORY. Charley Pride.
"One of Pride's biggest hits was 'Kiss an Angel Good Morning.' Judging from his life story, the angel definitely returned the kiss."

TO BE LOVED: THE MUSIC, THE MAGIC, THE MEMORIES OF MOTOWN. Berry Gordy.
It began with an $800.00 loan.

WAY UP NORTH IN DIXIE: A BLACK FAMILY'S CLAIM TO THE CONFEDERATE ANTHEM. Howard L. Sacks and Judith Rose Sacks.
Argues that a family of black Ohio musicians are the true authors of "Dixie."

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM: SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK--STILL ON THE JOURNEY. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sweet Honey in the Rock.
A retrospective of the Grammy Award-winning a capella group's twenty years of music making.

WISHING ON THE MOON: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BILLIE HOLLIDAY. Donald Clarke.
Her joys, her sorrows, her songs.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by: Moonyean Carlton, General Library Reader and Information Services; Catherine Clancy, General Library Teen Services; Marylou Coveney, South End Branch; Sara Markell, Codman Square Branch. Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch, Committee Chairperson.