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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Wilson, August

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Authors: Wilson, August
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: DRA001000, SOC001000, DRA001010
ISBN: 9780593087619, Related ISBNs: 0452256844, 0452261139, 0593087615, 0593184963, 9780452256842
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 112
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: NOW A NETFLIX FILM STARRING VIOLA DAVIS AND CHADWICK BOSEMAN

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences and The Piano Lesson comes the extraordinary Ma Rainey's Black Bottom—winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.


The time is 1927. The place is a run-down recording studio in Chicago. Ma Rainey, the legendary blues singer, is due to arrive with her entourage to cut new sides of old favorites. Waiting for her are her Black musician sidemen, the white owner of the record company, and her white manager. What goes down in the session to come is more than music. It is a riveting portrayal of black rage, of racism, of the self-hate that racism breeds, and of racial exploitation.

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