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(Limelight). This book delves into the history of the involvement of women in jazz. It covers how women participated in the music as well as in-depth interviews, and also includes a discography of recordings by female artists. "Dahl boldy goes where no man (or woman) has gone before. For people who love jazz...who get bleak when they think of what happened to Billie Holida (Limelight). This book delves into the history of the involvement of women in jazz. It covers how women participated in the music as well as in-depth interviews, and also includes a discography of recordings by female artists. "Dahl boldy goes where no man (or woman) has gone before. For people who love jazz...who get bleak when they think of what happened to Billie Holiday, this is their book." Los Angeles Times Book Review


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(Limelight). This book delves into the history of the involvement of women in jazz. It covers how women participated in the music as well as in-depth interviews, and also includes a discography of recordings by female artists. "Dahl boldy goes where no man (or woman) has gone before. For people who love jazz...who get bleak when they think of what happened to Billie Holida (Limelight). This book delves into the history of the involvement of women in jazz. It covers how women participated in the music as well as in-depth interviews, and also includes a discography of recordings by female artists. "Dahl boldy goes where no man (or woman) has gone before. For people who love jazz...who get bleak when they think of what happened to Billie Holiday, this is their book." Los Angeles Times Book Review

45 review for Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazz Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Will McGee

    Linda Dahl's massive, comprehensive work on women in jazz music is a watershed for the history of the genre. I bought this book to research for a jazz radio show I host weekly on my local college radio station - I think before I read it, I could probably name maybe 30 or 40 women jazz musicians, including singers, but this book lists hundreds, maybe even more than a thousand (and it doesn't even include any whose careers began in the 90s, 2000s, or later, since it was written in the 80s). Honest Linda Dahl's massive, comprehensive work on women in jazz music is a watershed for the history of the genre. I bought this book to research for a jazz radio show I host weekly on my local college radio station - I think before I read it, I could probably name maybe 30 or 40 women jazz musicians, including singers, but this book lists hundreds, maybe even more than a thousand (and it doesn't even include any whose careers began in the 90s, 2000s, or later, since it was written in the 80s). Honestly, as just a flat read, from front to back, it's informative, but it can be overwhelming. However, as a reference book, it's invaluable. After delineating the history of women's role in jazz music from before its inception through the 1980s, Dahl follows with a list of dozens more musicians not chronicled earlier, and a list of hundreds of recordings featuring women in different capacities. The book this reminded me of the most was Ted Gioia's History of Jazz. I think that book is an amazingly informative and interesting work, and while believe Gioia did a very reasonable job highlighting both women musicians and the particular struggles they faced, I'm very glad Linda Dahl chose to dedicate a volume of just as much detail and care and attention just to the women musicians. The other part of this book, aside from its historical summary and its index of artists and recordings, is a series of ten interviews with ten different artists, including big bandleaders, vocalists, instrumentalists, and even a talent manager (Bill Evans' talent manager, no less!). This part of the book was of particular interest, because I think it cast the overall message of the book in such a diverse array of angles. Some of those women felt like they were never treated differently due to their gender, and others felt like not only had they been dismissed or underappreciated throughout their career for it, but that nothing had even changed or improved very much, and others were in between those two. I think this book is more valuable to jazz historians than to people interested in women's history, just because many of these names will not mean quite as much without the musical context, but it does provide invaluable insight in both realms.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raquel

    Read it to 90% till the moment "Carol" exploded in my hands in my days in Australia Great documentary work to understand the role of women in Jazz. As a jazz lover and a feminist, I absolutely enjoyed the large portion I read. And of course, I gathered lots of great music while reading it in my Spotify account. Read it to 90% till the moment "Carol" exploded in my hands in my days in Australia Great documentary work to understand the role of women in Jazz. As a jazz lover and a feminist, I absolutely enjoyed the large portion I read. And of course, I gathered lots of great music while reading it in my Spotify account.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Chu

    A good survey that paints with a broad brush stroke. At times, there are too many names, but too little info about an artist.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Carter

    The first book I ever read that told the history of some of the greatest lesser known and under appreciated song stylists of our generation. Damn fine read and worth ever word

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