Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands of the 1940s


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Duke University Press
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6.02 X 8.94 X 1.11 inches | 1.47 pounds

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About the Author

Sherrie Tucker is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A longtime jazz fan, she has conducted oral histories for the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, writes a column called "Jazzwomen Jam" for Jazz Now Magazine, and was formerly a jazz radio announcer in San Francisco.


"Swing Shift is a long-overdue historical corrective and a compelling read--a thoroughly remarkable achievement."--David Hajdu, author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
"Swing Shift is the most original, thought-provoking jazz book written in the last thirty years. Sherrie Tucker's virtuoso performance not only tears down the bars of silence that have kept women musicians invisible, but she reveals how this silence works to uphold the race and gender mythologies that we know as the history of the 'swing era.' After prying open our eyes and ears, Tucker takes us on a funky, surprising, inspiring musical journey that will drive all jazzheads back to the woodshed. And if that's not enough, as a writer this 'girl' can swing off the page!"--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America
"Sherrie Tucker's beautifully written and meticulously researched book on women jazz bands introduces us to a generation of awesome musicians, whose stories raise provocative questions about the impact of race, class, gender, and sexuality on dominant conceptions of jazz history. In suggesting new ways of thinking about the place of women jazz musicians in recent U.S. history, Swing Shift boldly challenges our contemporary understandings of the unruly politics of culture. "--Angela Davis