Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music (African Amer Music in Global Perspective)
Eileen M. Hayes
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. She 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 candour, long-time 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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