The Struggles and Triumphs of Bessie Jones, Big Mama Thornton, and Ethel Waters
Texts for Bessie Jones Sections
“Bessie Jones Is Dead at 82; Founded Sea Island Singers.” New York Times, September 8, 1984.
“Bessie Jones: Sink 'Em Low.” LyricWiki. Accessed December 27, 2019. https://lyrics.fandom.com/wiki/Bessie_Jones:Sink_'Em_Low.
“Bessie Jones – Sometimes' Lyrics.” Genius. Accessed December 20, 2020. https://genius.com/Bessie-jones-sometimes-lyrics.
Headley, Janice. “Gonna Find My Baby: The Stories Behind Ten Songs Moby Has Sampled.” KEXP, December 3, 2018. https://www.kexp.org/read/2018/12/3/gonna-find-my-baby-the-stories-behind-ten-songs-moby-has-sampled/.
“Honey - Moby: Song Info.” AllMusic. Complex. Accessed December 20, 2019. https://www.allmusic.com/song/honey-mt0007055940.
Jones, Bessie, and Bess Lomax Hawes. Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage. New York: Harper and Row, 1972.
Jones, Bessie, and John Stewart. For the Ancestors: Autobiographical Memories. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1983.
Morgenstern, Dan. “Ellington in the 1960s and 1970s: Triumph and Tragedy.” In The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, edited by Edward Green, 154–70. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Texts for Big Mama Thornton Sections
"Big Brother and the Holding Company – Ball and Chain." Genius. Accessed November 21, 2019. https://genius.com/Big-brother-and-the-holding-company-ball-and-chain-lyrics.
“Big Mama Thornton – Ball And Chain.” Genius. Accessed November 21, 2019. https://genius.com/Big-mama-thornton-ball-and-chain-lyrics.
“Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog.” Genius. Accessed November 21, 2019. https://genius.com/Big-mama-thornton-hound-dog-lyrics.
Davis, Angela Y. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.
Gaar, Gillian G. Shes a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll. New York: Seal Press, 1992.
“Home | Willie Mae Rock Camp.” Willie Mae Rock Camp. Accessed December 1, 2019. https://www.williemaerockcamp.org/.
Mahon, Maureen. “Listening for Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton’s Voice: The Sound of Race and Gender Transgressions in Rock and Roll.” Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 15, no. 1 (2011): 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1353/wam.2011.0005.
Spörke, Michael. Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music. Jefferson: MacFarland, 2014.
Texts for Ethel Waters Sections
Bogle, Donald. Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters. New York: Harper Collins, 2011.
Bourne, Stephen. Ethel Waters: Stormy Weather. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
Davis, Angela Y. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998.
“Down Home Blues Lyrics.” Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC. Accessed November 10, 2019. https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/1599034/Ethel%20Waters/Down%20Home%20Blues.
Duval Harrison, Daphne. Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990.
“Supper Time Lyrics.” Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC. Accessed December 23, 2019. https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/6198061/Ethel%20Waters/Supper%20Time.