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Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe

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Creating a sensation with her risque nightclub act and strolls down the Champs Elysees, pet cheetah in tow, Josephine Baker lives on in popular memory as the banana-skirted siren of Jazz Age Paris. In Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe, Matthew Pratt Guterl brings out a little known side of the celebrated personality, showing how her ambitions of later years were even more da ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 14th 2014 by Belknap Press (first published March 31st 2014)
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Ellen
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I think I would have enjoyed this book more if the message had not been pounded in so relentlessly at the beginning. Josephine Baker was a famous and infamous black woman who made history on the stage in France beginning in the 1920's with a career that lasted up until the 1940's and 1950's. She became a huge sensation with her innovative and sometimes scanty costumes and magnetic personality. Unable, it seemed to have children of her own, she adopted children from all over the world long before ...more
Kathleen Wells
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Very interesting and fascinating story but all it needed was a round up at the end of what happened to all the children. It was so frustrating not to have that. Did they keep in touch with each other,meet their biological families - it so needed that in there.
Kyla Denae
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
i knew nothing about josephine baker before i read this book. i know slightly more about her now. i wish the author had been able to focus more on the grown-up "kids" of the rainbow tribe in the end of this book. i wish he'd pointed out that, while all her stans thought they were "failures", all that was probably just because you can't use children as living set pieces and try to micromanage them, and expect them to turn out as proper, functioning members of society. thanks.
Tom Elliott
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
There's an interesting story here, but the academic aggregation of quotes from other sources just made me want to read the sources. And I will. My parents were very involved in the Civil Rights Movement and I grew up hearing about Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, the SCLC and many civil rights events. Josephine Baker was, however, not part of the story and she should have been. The story of the Rainbow Tribe leaves me ambivalent. I appreciate her vision, but felt that her narcissism didn't allow for t ...more
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