Listening for Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton’s Voice: The Sound of Race and Gender Transgressions in Rock and Roll

@article{Mahon2011ListeningFW,
  title={Listening for Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton’s Voice: The Sound of Race and Gender Transgressions in Rock and Roll},
  author={M. Mahon},
  journal={Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture},
  year={2011},
  volume={15},
  pages={1 - 17}
}
  • M. Mahon
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture
SINGER WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON'S story will be familiar to many Women & Music readers. Yet I retell it here in a way that emphasizes her voice as an expressive instrument through which she built her career as a musician and that uncovers the critical, personal voice of a black female artist. I am particularly interested in connecting my discussion of her voice, in both senses that I indicate, to an exploration of her transgressive sound and image and their impact on rock and roll… Expand
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