Queen of Bebop

Queen of Bebop

The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

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"Queen of Bebop brilliantly chronicles the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the twentieth century and a pioneer of women's and civil rights. Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of bebop, influenced a broad array of singers who followed in her wake, yet the breadth and depth of her impact--not just as an artist, but also as an African-American woman--remain overlooked. Drawing from a wealth of sources as well as from exclusive interviews with Vaughan's friends and former colleagues, Queen of Bebop unravels the many myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded Vaughan while offering insights into this notoriously private woman, her creative process, and, ultimately, her genius. Hayes deftly traces the influence that Vaughan's singing had on the perception and appreciation of vocalists--and not to mention women--in jazz. She reveals how, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Vaughan helped desegregate American airwaves, opening doors for future African-American artists seeking mainstream success, while also setting the stage for the civil rights activism of the 1960s and 1970s. Hayes follows Vaughan from her hometown of Newark and her first performances at the Apollo, to the Waldorf Astoria and on to the world stage, breathing life into a thrilling time in American music nearly lost to us today. Equal parts biography, criticism, and good old-fashioned American success story, Queen of Bebop is the definitive account of a hugely influential artist. This absorbing and sensitive treatment of a singular personality updates and corrects the historical record on Vaughan and elevates her status as a jazz great."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062364685
Branch Call Number: 782.42165 V369H
Characteristics: x, 419 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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IndyPL_JarrodR Jan 03, 2019

The author's meticulous research and knowledge of music shines through as you learn about the storied life of Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan. Throughout the book, I lamented that I was ignorant of Ms. Vaughan's work up until now, but by the end, I felt a bit more connected to her and was in awe of her tenacity and commitment to music.
If you are a fan of music, the history of post-WWII era America, Civil Rights or are interested in the journey of Sarah Vaughan from a quiet girl from Newark with a drive to sing her heart out, this is the book for you. Highly recommended!

Dec 29, 2018

I have listening to some of Sarah Vaughan's tunes (and others from that era) on Spotify while I'm reading this book. Brings it to life.


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