Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I'm "revised and expanded"

Hot from Harlem: Twelve African American Entertainers, 1890–1960
Bill Reed
ISBN 978-0-7864-4467-0 ca.
20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
softcover 2009
Not Yet Published, Available Fall/Winter 2009
McFarland & Company, Inc.

From the early days of minstrelsy to Black Broadway, this book is the story of African American entertainment as seen through the eyes of its most famous as well as some of its most obscure practitioners. The book forms a chronological arc that moves from the beginning of African American participation in show business up through the present age. Will Marion Cook and Billy McClain are discovered in action at the very dawn of black parity in the entertainment field; six chapters later, the young Sammy Davis Jr. breaks through the invisible ceiling that has kept those before him “in their place.” In between, the likes of Valaida Snow, Nora Holt, Billy Strayhorn, Hazel Scott, Dinah Washington, and others are found making contributions to the fight against racism both in and out of “the business.”

About the Author
Bill Reed is a journalist and writer whose articles on show business, the arts and popular music have appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, the San Francisco Examiner and International Documentary. He is a record producer of jazz recordings for SSJ Records (Japan).


Buster said...

Bill - Sounds great. Good luck with it!

Unknown said...

Looking forward to seeing the book! Also, do you know more about the Irene Kral bootleg from April 1978 of the KJAZZ broadcast (San Francisco) i. e., format and availability? Thanks!