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

Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music 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 the mentions of sex, it s a fascinating look at the history of American popular music in general While I like to consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the history of rock and roll, I l 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 the mentions of sex, it s a fascinating look at the history of American popular music in general While I like to consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the history of rock and roll, I learned all sorts of details about its roots that were new to me Honestly, as I write this, I m still digesting it all The back cover calls the book, A profound exploration of how popular music became America s primary erotic art form, and promises that it, offers new insights into our national psyche and our soul It definitely delivers on that promise This is one of the best books about music I ve read in a long time Highly recommended 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 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, and there is a good reason for this Powers has produced a truly sweeping piece of criticism and dare I say it musicology of race, sex, and popular music Some of her insights show a truly remarkable synthesis of criticism and scholarship that demonstrates why the 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, and there is a good reason for this Powers has produced a truly sweeping piece of criticism and dare I say it musicology of race, sex, and popular music Some of her insights show a truly remarkable synthesis of criticism and scholarship that demonstrates why the humanities needs to embrace public cultural critics Powers has helped to make NPR a cutting edge forum for music programming and criticism for a few years now For those of you who have enjoyed her essays on everything from Bruce Springsteen surprisingly missing from this book to Prince, this book shows off just how lucky we are to have her.Something that I noticed as I made my way through the book was its relationship to binaries, nearly all of them invoked in the book s title When it comes to love, gender, sex, and sexuality, Powers writes with incredible dexterity to trouble the boundaries and binaries that threaten to overpower everything else when talking about popular music history My one criticism comes from my perspective as a scholar Her discussion of race, while mostly on point, left me wondering about the dangers of posing the story of popular music in the U.S through a mostly black and white matrix of power relations Surely, there are other racial and ethnic groups who have exerted a strong influence in U.S pop music As I write this review, Despacito is about to break the record for most consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard chart The song is clearly about sex, and yet, if a curious listener tried to find the roots of the song s success in this book, they would be missing decades of Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American musical influences Other major immigrant groups are also missing south Asians, for example , but it seems to me that this is a larger problem of North American pop music criticism in general I come at this as someone who grew up in a place with a huge Mexican American population and performed in a music program that largely relegated anything that didn t fit the black white paradigm to exotic reductions I care about it because I have seen the problem replicated in my own scholarly societies I wonder if the marginal status of Americans who trouble the black white binary in mainstream pop music histories comes from the fact that the tradition of American music history has largely been written largely in those terms for decades now That really is my only quibble with the book My discomfort isn t about Powers but rather N American pop music criticism and scholarship in general.Overall, this book is a tour de force of criticism and new insights Her fluid use of feminist and cyborg theory in the last chapter truly took my breath away It made me want to sit down and talk with her about Queen Bey, virality, and vocaloids for hours This book is written with a startling amount of compassion for all of the figures she treats, even those whose unconventional attitudes about sex and bodies would otherwise receive the scorn by today s standards At this moment of racially charged divisiveness, that kind of sensitivity isneeded than ever, especially over a form of expressive culture that so many people think is either too important i.e., too personal or not important enough to receive scholarly treatment So thank you, Ann Powers I ll treasure both the audio and physical copies of this book in my possession 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. 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 was interesting to see the progression of dance and culture along with music. 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. 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. 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. 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