Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music Audiobook, by Ann Powers Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Ann Powers Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062675552

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In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.

In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form. Powers takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth century rock-and-roll to the cutting-edge adventures of today’s web-based pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge and insights on gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft-rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism—not merely sex, but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy—became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song. This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America's anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedom.

In a survey that spans more than a century of music, Powers both heralds little known artists such as Florence Mills, a contemporary of Josephine Baker, and gospel queen Dorothy Love Coates, and sheds new light on artists we think we know well, from the Beatles and Jim Morrison to Madonna and Beyoncé. In telling the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect—a magnum opus over two decades in the making—Powers offers new insights into our nation psyche and our soul.

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  • “Combining a sly sense of humor, the energy of a true fan, and the all-in attitude of a seasoned journalist, narrator Teri Schnaubelt takes the listener back to early-nineteenth-century New Orleans. There a very American stew of African, European, Caribbean, church, and secular musical influences was brewing…From the lindy hop to disco, from Elvis to Beyoncé, Schnaubelt’s voice reflects that rock and roll is serious stuff, and that’s what makes it all so much fun. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Stirring.”

    - O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Both an indispensable guide to American pop music and a damned fine read.”

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “Explores themes of gender, sexuality, race, and identity in this sweeping survey of popular music.”

    - Chicago Tribune
  • “Sex is the subject, but Good Booty is really a tour-de-force history of an entire century of pop, rich in feeling and fierce in insight. It’s a dazzling achievement.”

    - Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise
  • “A revelatory road trip through the erotic fever dreams of American culture…Only Ann Powers could make this story so head-spinning—and often heartbreaking.”

    - Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles
  • “Good Booty is an expansive, electrifying, and important book. It changed the way I listen.”

    - Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell at Any Price


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Bustle Pick for August

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About the Author

Ann Powers is NPR Music’s critic and correspondent and one of the nation’s leading music writers. She began her career at San Francisco Weekly and has held positions at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Blender, and the Experience Music Project. Her previous books include Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America and Tori Amos: Piece By Piece, which she cowrote with Amos; and Rock She Wrote: Women Write about Rock, Rap, and Pop, which she coedited with Evelyn McDonnell. She was also the editor of Best Music Writing 2010.

About the Narrator

Corey M. Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator and voice talent from the great Pacific Northwest working from his home studio in Olympia, Washington. Before becoming a narrator, he was a typesetter, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, a software developer, and much more. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, including the DeChance Chronicles by David Niall Wilson, Crescent Lake by David Sakmyster, and the riveting Black Hearts by Time magazine editor Jim Frederick.