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Author Holman Jones, Stacy Linn, 1966-
Title Torch singing : performing resistance and desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf / Stacy Holman Jones.
Published Lanham, Md. : AltaMira Press, c2007.
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 Music & Media - Stacks  ML3918.P67 H65 2007    IN LIBRARY
Description vii, 217 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Ethnographic alternatives book series
Ethnographic alternatives book series ; v. 17.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Interpreter of lies -- The scene of desire -- Sing me a torch song -- The way you haunt my dreams -- Hearing voices -- Love's wounds -- Hopeful openness -- Circular breathing -- Music for torching.
Summary "In this innovative book, Stacy Holman Jones presents torch singing as a much more complicated phenomenon than the familiar trope of a woman lamenting her victimhood. With an ethnographer's eye, she observes the bluesy torch singers, asking if they are possibly performing critiques of the very lyrics they are singing. From this perspective, we see the singer giving expression not only to desire but also to an incipient determination to resist and change. Holman Jones also reveals points of contact in the opposition between spectators and performers, emotion and intellect, and love and power. Instead of interpreting the expression of love as a woman's violent mistake - as willing deception and passive fate - Holman Jones allows us to hear an active search for hope."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Popular music -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Love songs -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Women in music.
Desire in music.
Women singers.
Alternate Title Performing resistance and desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf
Related To Online version: Holman Jones, Stacy Linn, 1966- Torch singing. Lanham : AltaMira Press, c2007 (OCoLC)622388025
ISBN 0759106592 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780759106581 (alk. paper)
0759106584 (alk. paper)
9780759106598 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 122261526