Maureen Mahon + Bridgett M. Davis

Live via Zoom:
November 11, 7:30 PM ET
Maureen Mahon presents Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll
In conversation with Bridgett M. Davis

Maureen Mahon, author of Right to Rock, joins Greenlight in a virtual discussion of her visionary new book, Black Diamond Queens. African American women have played a pivotal part in rock and roll—from laying its foundations and singing chart-topping hits to influencing some of the genre's most iconic acts. Despite this, Black women's importance to the music's history has been diminished by narratives of rock as a mostly white male enterprise. In Black Diamond Queens, Mahon draws on recordings, press coverage, archival materials, and interviews to document the history of African American women in rock and roll between the 1950s and the 1980s. Mahon details the musical contributions and cultural impact of Big Mama Thornton, LaVern Baker, Betty Davis, Tina Turner, Merry Clayton, Labelle, the Shirelles, and others, demonstrating how dominant views of gender, race, sexuality, and genre affected their careers. By uncovering this hidden history of Black women in rock and roll, Mahon reveals a powerful sonic legacy that continues to reverberate into the twenty-first century. Bridgett M. Davis, acclaimed author of The World According to Fannie Davis, joins Mahon in conversation at this music-infused virtual book talk!

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Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll (Refiguring American Music) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781478011224
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Published: Duke University Press - October 30th, 2020

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers Cover Image
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Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race Cover Image
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