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Wild Women of the Bl
Wild Women of the Blues
Cranbury Public Library

Thursday, Jun. 20, 2pm
The true pioneers of American music were women! Against a backdrop of oppression and segregation
in the post slavery era, musical artists Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holliday, and Bessie
Smith (to name a few), were not only great entertainers, but unapologetically honest with their
sometimes bawdy or controversial lyrics. These singers inspired fearlessness and authenticity, while thrilling crowds
across America.

In celebration of Juneteenth, join us for this performance of select songs from these ladies’ 1920s and
30's catalogs. Attendees will also learn about the conditions and lifestyle these women endured in order to bring the Blues to the greater public, as well as how the Blues transformed over time. The performers will also share a few of their own original contemporary Blues songs and discuss how the early Blues women still inspire music today—almost 100 years later!

Sponsored by the Cranbury Public Library Foundation

Meeting Rooms 1&2
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