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African Americans On Stage: A Selected Bibliography.

African Americans have developed some of the most dynamic forms of stage artistry. The territorial scope of our artistic legacies is broad, and black dramatic expressivity includes the popular, the profane, the improvisational, the experimental.

Exploring black performance history gives us a deeper and more resonant appreciation for our contemporary forms. A number of books are available that present the rich and varied history of black performance from different perspectives. (*) Asterisks indicate top recommendations.

The Black Stage

(*) Langston Hughes and Milton Meltzer, Black Magic: A Pictorial History of the Negro in American Entertainment, Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, 1967/1990, ISBN 0-306-80406-9

(*) Marshall Stearns and Jean Stearns, Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance, New York, DaCapo Press, 1999, ISBN 0-306-80553-7

(*) Nadine George, The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender and Class in African American Theatre 1900-1940, New York, St. Martin's Press, 2000, ISBN 0-312-2562-8

(*) James Weldon Johnson, Black Manhattan, Published 1930, Reprint, New York, DaCapo Press, 1991, ISBN 0-306-80431-X

Reid Badger, A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe, New York Replica Books, 2001, ISBN 0-735-10296-1

Thomas Riis, Just Before Jazz: Black Musical Theater in New York, 1890-1915, Washington, Smithsonian Institute Press, 1994, ISBN 1-560-98501-1

Mel Watkins, On the Real Side, Chicago, Chicago Review Press, 1999, ISBN 1-556-52351-3

Allen Woll, Black Musical Theatre: From Coontown to Dreamgirls, New York, Da Capo Press, 1989, ISBN 0-306-80454-9

Performer's Autobiographies

(*) Ethel Waters with Charles Samuels, His Eye is on the Sparrow, New York, Da Capo Press, 1992, ISBN 0-306-80477-8

Josephine Baker and Jo Buillone, Josephine, Translated by Mariana Fitzpatrick. New York, Marlowe and Company, 1988, ISBN 1-569-24978-4

Sidney Bechet, Treat it Gentle, New York, DaCapo Press, 1996, ISBN 0-306-80086-1

W. C. Handy, Father of the Blues, New York, Da Capo Press, 1991, ISBN 0-306-80921-2

Billie Holiday and William Dufty, Lady Sings the Blues, New York, Penguin, 1989, ISBN 0-140-06762-0

Out of Print

(*) Thomas Fletcher, 100 Years of Negro Show Business New York, DaCapo Press, 1995, ISBN 0-306-76219-6

(*) Robert Kimball and William Bolcolm, Reminiscing With Sissle and Blake, New York, Viking Press, 2000, ISBN 0-815-41045-X

Jo A. Tanner, Dusky Maidens: The Odyssey of the Early Black Dramatic Actress, Westport, Greenwood Press, 1992, ISBN 0-313-27717-6

Selected Bibliography

Badger, Reid, A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe, New York, Replica Books, 2001, ISBN 0-735-10296-1

Bricktop and Haskins, James, Bricktop, New York, Welcome Rain, 1999, ISBN 1-566-649114-2

Carlson, Marvin, Performance: a Critical Introduction, New York, Routledge, 1996

Fletcher, Thomas, 100 Years of Negro Show Business, New York, Da Capo Press, 1984, ISBN 0-415-13703-9 (OP)

Gordon, Taylor, Born to Be, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995

Hadju, David, Lush Life, New York: North Point Press, 1997, ISBN 0-865-47512-1

Krasner, David, Resistance, Parody and Double Consciousness in African American Theatre, 1895-1910, New York, St. Martin's Press, 1998, ISBN 0-312-21925-3

Lhamon, W. T. Raising Cain, Blackface Performance: From Jim Crow to Hip Hop Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-674-00193-1

Lotz, Rainer, Black People: Entertainers of African Descent in Germany and Europe Berlin, Birgit Lotz Verlag, 1998

Riis, Thomas, Just Before Jazz: Black Musical Theater in New York, 1890-1915, Washington, Smithsonian Institute Press, 1989, ISBN 0-874-74788-0

Roach, Joseph, Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance, New York, Columbia University Press, 1996, ISBN 0-231-10461-8

Thorpe, Edward, Black Dance, London, Overlook Press, 1989, ISBN, 0-879-51379-9

Woll, Allen, Black Musical Theatre: From Coontown to Dreamgirls, New York, Da Capo Press, 1989, ISBN 0-306-80454-9
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