Ann Powers - Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music

Premiere DateSep 17, 2017
00:00 Intro
02:32 Book Talk Intro: Kory French
06:51 Looking for Signs Lief Erikson
11:31 Interview with Ann Powers Part 1
32:03 Get Free Lief Erikson
35:06 Interview with Ann Powers Part 2
47:33 Flying High Lief Erikson
51:07 Book Talk Outro: Kory French
53:15 Green Leaves Lief Erikson
57:56 Finish

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.

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Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…