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Friday, April 27 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Lady Sings the Blues

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  1. Daphne A. Brooks “See My Face From the Other Side”: Catching Up with Geeshie and L.V.
  2. Gayle Wald "The Devil's Music: Reviving Blues Women on the Contemporary Stage"
  3. Augusta Palmer "The Umbrella Girl: Women on Stage and Behind the Scenes at the Memphis Country Blues Festivals"
  4. Holly George-Warren “Downhome Shakedown”: The Music of Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton
Moderator: Grace Hale

This panel presents a chorus of female voices on women in blues, discussing a span of more than 80 years of blues history: from Daphne Brooks’ investigation of the 1930s recordings of L.V. Thomas and Geeshie Wiley as a queer blues women’s archive of the everyday to Gayle Wald’s examination of contemporary theatrical representations of blues women Bessie Smith and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Holly George-Warren will illustrate the importance of Big Mama Thornton’s music on Janis Joplin and the blues revival, while Augusta Palmer’s research on the Memphis Country Blues Festivals (1966-1970) will document women’s contributions on stage and behind the scenes at these groundbreaking festivals.


Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP), winner of The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from ASTR and Jeff Buckley’s Grace (New York: Continuum... Read More →
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Holly George-Warren

Holly George-Warren is the author of a forthcoming biography of Janis Joplin, as well as a dozen-plus other books, including A Man Called Destruction: The Life & Music of Alex Chilton. A two-time Grammy nominee and ASCAP-Deems Taylor award winner, she teaches at the State University... Read More →

Grace Elizabeth Hale

Grace Elizabeth Hale is Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Virginia where she teaches US cultural history. She is the author of Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 (Vintage, 1999) and A Nation of Outsiders... Read More →
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Augusta Palmer

Augusta Palmer is a filmmaker and scholar known for The Hand of Fatima (2009), a feature documentary about music, mysticism, and family history. Her fiction short “A is for Aye-Aye” (2015) played in festivals from New Zealand to New York. She is at work on a new documentary, The... Read More →
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Gayle Wald

Gayle Wald teaches at George Washington University, where she presently chairs the American Studies department. Her books include Shout, Sister, Shout! (Beacon Press, 2007) and It’s Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television (Duke University Press, 2015). Outside the academy... Read More →

Friday April 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
JBL Theater MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109