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Events Wed Mar 06 2013

DePaul Prof Reads from New Book about Post-Civil Rights Black Music

DePaul professor and author Francesca T. Royster will read from her new book, Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era (University of Michigan Press) at Women & Children First Bookstore Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm.

Highlighting artists like Michael Jackson, Eartha Kitt, Grace Jones and Meshell Ndegeocello, Royster explores how the eccentric, offbeat or queer performances of post-civil rights black musicians were influenced by the civil rights, black nationalist, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, and how they've consequently influenced pop music today.

Sounds heady, but Royster's writing style is accessible and often playful, so fans of these artists, pop music, or African American or queer theory studies, might enjoy Royster's spin.

Royster's previous book is Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon.

Stop by Women & Children First at 5233 N. Clark St. in Andersonville.

 
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