|Statement||by Edward Brooks ; [foreword by George Melly].|
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||230|
The Bessie Smith Companion (Roots of Jazz) Paperback – Ma by Edward Brooks (Author) › Visit Amazon's Edward Brooks Page. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. See search results for this author. Are you an author? Author: Edward Brooks. Bessie Smith, American singer, one of the greatest blues vocalists. Known as the ‘Empress of the Blues,’ she was a bold, supremely confident artist who sang with breathtaking emotional intensity on such songs as ‘Down Hearted Blues,’ ‘Empty Bed Blues,’ and ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.’. Additional Physical Format: Online version: Brooks, Edward. Bessie Smith companion. Wheathampstead, Herts, UK: Cavendish Pub. Co. ; New York, NY, USA: Da Capo Press. Get this from a library! The Bessie Smith companion: a critical and detailed appreciation of the recordings. [Edward Brooks; George Melly].
In addition, this book looks at the impact of jazz on American culture-in literature, film, television, and dance-and explores the essential instruments of jazz and their most memorable Oxford Companion to Jazz will provide a quick reference source as well as a dynamic and broad overview for all lovers of jazz, from novices to 4/5(2). Elaine Feinstein was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Leicester. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as an editor for Cambridge University Press (), as Lecturer in English at Bishop's Stortford Training College (), as Assistant Lecturer in English Literature at /5(12). Bessie is an HBO TV film about the American blues singer Bessie Smith, and focuses on her transformation as a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues".The film is directed by Dee Rees, with a screenplay by Rees, Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois. Queen Latifah stars as Smith, and supporting roles are played by Michael Kenneth Williams as Smith's first Starring: Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth . Bessie Smith was one of the biggest African-American stars of the ’s and was popular with both Whites and African-Americans. By the music industry shifted to a different sound. The Depression, radio, and sound movies had all damaged the record companies’ ability to sell records, leaving Bessie without a label. In , she recorded.
When Columbia issued the first of the five volumes in Bessie Smith's complete recordings series in -- as a logical follow-up to 's wildly successful Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings box -- they were simply hoping for another hit. As the Smith series continued through to its conclusion in , each volume was greeted with more enthusiasm than the last/ The closest study, and most comprehensive examination of Bessie's work to date, is The Bessie Smith Companion: A Critical and Detailed Appreciation of the Recordings by Edward Brooks (). Here, in chronological order, each of her recorded titles is considered from both historical and musical perspectives, tracing her. Blues Musician. Bessie was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee to poor parents both of whom were dead by the time she was nine years old. Bessie Smith started her singing career on the street corner with her brother Andrew. They sang in hope of collecting pocket change to support the family. An older brother, Charles had Burial: Mount Lawn Cemetery, Sharon . The Bessie Smith Companion: A Critical and Detailed Appreciation of the Recordings: : Brooks, Edward: Books.