Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time PDF/EPUB

Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time PDF/EPUB



10 thoughts on “Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time

  1. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    This book does a great job of stripping away the myth and rumor of Ms Baker and exploring the complicated century in which she lived Provided with many great insights into the Parisian, American and international worlds that were the backdrop to Ms Baker s life, this book manages to hold tight to the thread of her life without becoming too sentimental or monotonous.I enjoyed this book mostly for the glimpse into the glittery Paris nightlife of the 20 s and early 30 s The establishment of Par This book does a great job of stripping away the myth and rumor of Ms Baker and exploring the complicated century in which she lived Provided with many great insights into the Parisian, American and international worlds that were the backdrop to Ms Baker s life, this book manages to hold tight to the thread of her life without becoming too sentimental or monotonous.I enjoyed this book mostly for the glimpse into the glittery Paris nightlife of the 20 s and early 30 s The establishment of Paris as a haven for misused black Americans, especially entertainers and performers, helps to click in another piece of the ex pat puzzle without becoming a Casablanca cliche.This is a great book for those interested in dance, 20 s and 30 s glamour, the evolution of racial identity in the US and abroad as well as a look at a truly extraordinary talent


  2. Maryellen Maryellen says:

    inspiring woman


  3. Katja Katja says:

    While there were interesting factoids about her and life during that time period, it just wasn t quite what I was hoping for When I was trying to articulate the book to someone, he said, so it s like a long wikipedia page Yep, that s what the book reminded me of.


  4. Sasha Sasha says:

    I honestly must admit I was surprised schocked in fact with seriousness, love and depth this author approached a subject which would many consider lightweight As a difference from many other celebrated biographers who are basically just listing recording dates, Rose goes into describing the atmosphere around Paris in 1920 s, what a half nude black woman on the stage meant to European audience at the time, all of a sudden we have discussion about Picasso, Hitler, De Gaulle and the whole book I honestly must admit I was surprised schocked in fact with seriousness, love and depth this author approached a subject which would many consider lightweight As a difference from many other celebrated biographers who are basically just listing recording dates, Rose goes into describing the atmosphere around Paris in 1920 s, what a half nude black woman on the stage meant to European audience at the time, all of a sudden we have discussion about Picasso, Hitler, De Gaulle and the whole book is just simply fascinating On many occasions there were clever observations about life I find myself seriously thinking about my own life while reading a book about a person who doesnt have anything in common with me its almost a Biblical saga about a strong individual, a fighter and survivor in a world that objects to anybody who stands above the crowd Baker could have just used her sex appeal to get rich and built herself from the poverty, instead she changed the world around her and used all her energy to spread humanity wherever she went it made me think about Lennon lyrics you may say I m a dreamer,but I m not the only one Rose doesn t just idolise Baker, there is a understanding that such a strong personality was as powerful to audience as overbearing to people close to her in private life, which seems to be a destiny of anybody with a big influence Instead of another entertainer biography I stumbled upon serious and deep analysis of fascinating character, brave and honest, sensitive woman Bravo


  5. Melinda Melinda says:

    Jazz Cleopatra Josephine Baker in Her Time by Phyllis RoseInteresting bio of Josephine Baker, American singer dancer who moved to Paris in her 20s and lived the rest of her life there Many people would know about her scanty costumes and music hall career, but who knew she was a war hero and humanitarian and had 12 adopted children from all over the world years before Angelina Jolie, may I add Interesting.


  6. Magid Magid says:

    What an amazing woman.


  7. Brent Brent says:

    I loved this book


  8. Phrodrick Phrodrick says:

    With Jazz Cleopatra, Prof Phyllis Rose has written one of the most balanced, readable and thoughtful biographies I have read in a long time It is typical for a biographer to become too much of a fan to be critical In the case of figures from entertainment the writer can become star struck or become so focused on the factual recitation that the reader cannot get the excitement or scent of the stage Prof has not made any of these classic mistakes.In a relatively short space, less than 300 pages With Jazz Cleopatra, Prof Phyllis Rose has written one of the most balanced, readable and thoughtful biographies I have read in a long time It is typical for a biographer to become too much of a fan to be critical In the case of figures from entertainment the writer can become star struck or become so focused on the factual recitation that the reader cannot get the excitement or scent of the stage Prof has not made any of these classic mistakes.In a relatively short space, less than 300 pages we are brought from Mrs Baker s youth in severe poverty, suffering under the additional problems of a disappointed, but for motherhood, show biz star mother, abandonment by her father, and a racist America to her stardom in France and much of the world, her roles as a leader in entertainment and fashion and .It is thethat may come as a surprise Certainly she could be wasteful with her money and indifferent in her distinctions between her love life and her sex life, but she was also a woman of causes She would have a role as a Free French military officer A role she made on her terms She would be active in America efforts to break the color barrier and she would ultimately exhaust herself trying to raise a large adopted rainbow of colors family.Along the way Mrs Baker would make some important misjudgments In these Prof Rose is never so lost in her admiration for her subject that the book fails to consider the importance of Baker s errors or the possible reasons for her subjects inability to understand her mistakes.Alternately Prof Rose manages to convey something of the excitement of a Josephine Baker performance With the photographs, and the drawings and the writer s skill, once can imagine just how this black woman could by her dancing and later by her singing, not merely light up a stage, but energize a room.If anything Jazz Cleopatra is too short The clips of text that help to place Josephine Baker in her Paris and in her time could be longer There are suggestions of rivalries, especially between Mrs Baker and her white contemporary Ms Fanny Brice However given how often Mrs Baker reinvented her autobiography, the final judgment is that Jazz Cleopatra relates the true story, her triumphs and peccadilloes, and allows the reader a taste of this performer s stage magic


  9. Christopher Roth Christopher Roth says:

    I enjoyed every bit of this, and it has an especially good section analyzing Baker s precise position and significance culturally and politically, from the 1920s through the 70s My one complaint is that, after such wonderful detail for her Paris years in the 20s and 30s, the book picks up pace to the point where we just whiz right through World War II and her years running an experimental utopian community, with occasional asides about incidents that I wish had been fleshed outThere w I enjoyed every bit of this, and it has an especially good section analyzing Baker s precise position and significance culturally and politically, from the 1920s through the 70s My one complaint is that, after such wonderful detail for her Paris years in the 20s and 30s, the book picks up pace to the point where we just whiz right through World War II and her years running an experimental utopian community, with occasional asides about incidents that I wish had been fleshed outThere wasn t time to get a sense of any of the personalities or stories of her many children I think there was even a husband or two that got mentioned only glancingly Plus, apparently Baker had an affair with Frida Kahlo and yet neither she nor Diego Rivera, whom she also knew, is so much as mentioned once But the author is an academic, not a biographer, so maybe she just skips over the parts that are well covered in other bios, which I haven t read But she sure gives us the detailed play by play of her feud with Walter Winchell


  10. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    I came to this book expecting littlethan a fluffy show biz biography To my delight I discovered that was far from the case First published in the late 80s by white American writer Phillis Rose I was also expecting the book to have a dated a quite a bit, but for the most part it hasn t There are a few exceptions of course she describes exoticism as a cousin to racism when today we would class it as a kind of racism, as well asinnocuous examples like her contemporary description o I came to this book expecting littlethan a fluffy show biz biography To my delight I discovered that was far from the case First published in the late 80s by white American writer Phillis Rose I was also expecting the book to have a dated a quite a bit, but for the most part it hasn t There are a few exceptions of course she describes exoticism as a cousin to racism when today we would class it as a kind of racism, as well asinnocuous examples like her contemporary description of the Folies Bergeres as run down, prior to its reinvention as a tourist attraction Rose brings a sense of academic rigour to her writing, which provided a wealth of context to the story of Baker s life From the differences between racism in America vs France, to the Parisian music hall tradition, she deftly weaves this information into the narrative The result is an incredibly readable and fascinating book


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