Item description for Just Mahalia, Baby: The Mahalia Jackson Story by Laurraine Goreau...
Overview The story of Mahalia Jackson, the queen of gospel and a symbol of integrity, is the story of an era. As fast-paced and richly detailed as a novel, this book traces the development of the gospel movement and Jackson's central role in it, reaching back to recreate the world of the singer's youth. "Pithy, pungent, full of good solid writing and delightful black aphorisms".--"Choice". Lightning Print on Demand Title
The queen of gospel and a symbol of integrity, Mahalia Jackson was the embodiment of an era. Accurate, well-researched, and rich with the music, faith, people, and events that sparked the spirit of the time, Just Mahalia, Baby is a fast-paced and engaging biography. From the poverty of her New Orleans childhood, where she sang in church and was exposed to the rhythms of ragtime jazz, through troubled times and triumphs, and on to Chicago, wealth, and worldwide acclaim, her biographer Laurraine Goreau chronicles Mahalia's storied life and career.
Mahalia went to receptions for presidents, sang at a freedom rally to set the mood before Martin Luther King spoke, toured the world, and remained a dedicated fighter for black people's rights. Generous and warm-hearted, she won the respect and admiration of those who knew her, whether personally or through her music.
Downbeat magazine named her one of the top four jazz vocalists along with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, yet she remained undaunted by fame. "Don't make me no saint, baby " she told Laurraine Goreau. "Tell the real story of me."
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Studio: Firebird Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 5.99" Height: 1.52" Weight: 1.99 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1998
Publisher Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN 0882894412 ISBN13 9780882894416
Availability 119 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 17, 2017 08:06.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Just Mahalia, Baby?
Just Mahalia, Baby! Jan 23, 2007
Great biography! I have always enjoyed reading about the world's greatest singer, and this biography simply takes out all the stops and tells about the true Mahalia, in her own words. Mahalia, I miss you more and more each day, because no one sings like you or as well as you sang.
"Don't Make Me No Saint, Baby" Dec 20, 2002
I read this lengthy story many years ago. In the meantime I was privileged to meet one of Mahalia's former pianists, Rev. J. D. Strawther, who is so listed in the book. Hearing Strawther's chronicle of his experience with the powerful singer made the book come alive to me. I am a very strong admirer of the late Clara Ward, and enjoyed reading, from Mahalia's viewpoint, about the relationship of the Ward Singers and Miss Jackson.
It is extremely admiral to see how that Mahalia pulled herself up by her own bootstraps in a day and time when that was very difficult, and given her problem with timing in regards to her vocal singing. It must have taken a lot of courage for Laurraine to write the good, the bad and the ugly; and some instances were rather disappointing. But she wrote as she was instructed, "Don't make me no saint, baby."
Just Wonderful Feb 18, 2002
Just great...but very long. In my school library, we have 2 copies of of this book, and I believe that I've checked them out close to 15 times. I really enjoyed the parts that I've been able to read.
It had it's contented times and it had it's sad times. There's information about Mahalia's concerts/T.V appearances...what went on backstage, during the concert, and after the concert. One of my favorites was the part where Mahalia was a guest on Dinah Shore's show and they sang many songs, and then it came time to sing my favorite song, "Elijah Rock." Dinah said that she couldn't remember the words, but tried everything in her power to distract her singing by clapping or adding stuff in the song. I believe that I remember reading that Mahalia, shortly after beginning the song, saw that Dinah forgot the song and kept looking at her in a joking manner. I laugh everytime I read that.
This book was great, and you should read it to...SERIOUSLY!