Good Booty, by Ann Powers

@Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St

14 Jun 23:00 - 15 Jun 01:00


Let's meet to discuss Ann Power's Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.

"Since the dawn of the rock & roll era, popular music and sex have been and continue to be inextricably linked, accompanied by varying degrees of sensationalism and shock. But according to Good Booty, a new book by NPR music critic Ann Powers, America's erotic musical history actually dates more than 200 years ago, to the slave era. From there, the book traverses the different historical periods in American history, explaining the evolution of sexually-tinged music... While there's no denying the titillation factor in the music and its stars, Good Booty raises larger and important issues, including race, gender, sexism and cultural appropriation."

"If Good Booty makes a single argument, it's that the body has always been at the center of American popular music — and that it's through that music that we've long channeled subjects that are too hard, for a variety of reasons, to put into words. In other words, American pop is about sex, but it's not just about sex: it's also about race, and gender, and class. It's where we hash out the tension between our egalitarian ideology and our stratified, segregated reality."

I'm so excited for this one! Pop culture through a critical, sociological lens is one of my very favorite things, and I'm really looking forward to reading and discussing this with the group.