In her book, Brooks explores more than a century of music archives to examine the critics, collectors and listeners who have determined perceptions of Black women on stage and in the recording studio. How is it possible, she asks, that iconic artists such as Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé exist simultaneously at the center and on the fringe of the culture industry? With an innovative perspective on the story of Black women in popular music — and who should rightly tell it — "Liner Notes for the Revolution" pioneers a long overdue recognition and celebration of Black woman musicians as radical intellectuals.
Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton where she teaches creative writing, will join Brooks in a wide-ranging discussion of both acclaimed Black women musicians and overlooked Black feminist cultural workers who helped promote their music.
Brooks, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of African American Studies at Yale University, is a scholar of African-American literature and culture, performance studies, critical gender studies and popular music culture.
Presented in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, Princeton University Concerts and the African American Studies Department at Princeton.