Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul

Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul NPR Best Books of In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and raceIn Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America s primary erotic art form Powers takes us from nineteenth century New Orleans through dance crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid twentieth century rock and roll to the cutting edge adventures of today s web based pop stars Drawing on her deep knowledge and insights on gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism not merely sex, but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America s anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedomIn a survey that spans than a century of music, Powers both heralds little known artists such as Florence Mills, a contemporary of Josephine Baker, and gospel queen Dorothy Love Coates, and sheds new light on artists we think we know well, from the Beatles and Jim Morrison to Madonna and Beyonc In telling the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect a magnum opus over two decades in the making Powers offers new insights into our nation psyche and our soul


10 thoughts on “Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music

  1. Thomas Thomas says:

    A good history of pop music, from its roots in nineteenth century New Orleans to today s web based superstars Powers s thesis pop music and sexuality are inextricably intertwined, the former serving as a conduit of the latter Powers shows how music has adjusted to adhere to the sexual norms of vari


  2. Stewart Tame Stewart Tame says:

    Full disclosure I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway As you d guess from the cover, this book is a look at sex in popular music, both its depiction and its practice by the various artists and fans through the ages The book s purpose is not to titillate, but to educate Even if you ignore


  3. K K says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is really great and will definitely form a crucial part of my teaching for years to come I m stingy with my 5 star reviews, and I explain the reasons for it not being a perfect book below I devoured this book in record time, a


  4. Phil Overeem Phil Overeem says:

    Though she occasionally does not do the full research and lapses into mere rehash in patches, I love Powers ideas, and the thrust so to speak behind the book I d love to assign it to college freshmen.


  5. Jay Gabler Jay Gabler says:

    Both a history and a series of arguments about American popular music, this book offers fans a lot to chew on I reviewed Good Booty for The Current Both a history and a series of arguments about American popular music, this book offers fans a lot to chew on I reviewed Good Booty for The Current


  6. Monica St. Dennis Monica St. Dennis says:

    This was a well researched history, and surprisingly readable for how scholarly it is I just didn t like it I would definitely recommend it to people who care about musicthan I do.


  7. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    It started kinda slow, but picked up.I didn t appreciate the disconnected and sterile tone of the book I wanted the author s passion and opinion to seep through.over the sexism and racism of the past was quite downplayed and that of today was stated simply as fact descriptions of gangrape without condemnation Strange and unnerving.It


  8. Adam C Lewis Adam C Lewis says:

    I loved this book Great music writers unveil new truths and Ann does that over and over here The continual intertwining of sexuality and pop music is a fascinating subject and this book kept me hooked the whole time Definitely get on this.


  9. Carter K Delloro Carter K Delloro says:

    Interesting observations lacking a cohesive message A solid overview of the topics in the subtitle that made me think differently about some familiar material and introduced me to new material, but in the end left me wanting a bitin terms of its intellectual conclusions Still, I d recommend it for other passionate music lovers like me.


  10. Sam Crawley Sam Crawley says:

    Anyone who heard Rock Around the Clock at age 12 at the carnival knew something was up Powers goes DEEP into the groove American music captures everyone and we all know it.


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