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Roland Hayes : the legacy of an American tenor
Brooks, Christopher Antonio, 1957- , author.
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Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, [2015]

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xviii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A new Jerusalem (1887-1911) -- Roland's world in Boston (1911-1920) -- Roland rules Britannia (1920-1921) -- "Le rage de Paris" (1921-1922) -- "You're tired, Chile" -- The Hayes conquest (1923-1924) -- Roland and the Countess (1924-1926) -- The conquest slows (1926-1930) -- "Hard trials, great tribulations" (1930-1935) -- Return to Europe (1936-1942) -- Rome, Georgia -- "I can tell the world!" (1942-1950) -- Struggles in remaining relevant (1950-1959) -- "I wanna go home" (1960-1977) -- Epilogue : the Hayes legacy.
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Performing in a country rife with racism and segregation, the tenor Roland Hayes was the first African American man to reach international fame as a concert performer and one of the few artists who could sell out Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, and Covent Garden. His trailblazing career carved the way for a host of African American artists, including Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson. Performing the African American spirituals he was raised on, Hayes's voice was marked with a unique sonority which easily navigated French, German, and Italian art songs. A multiculturalist both on and off the stage, he counted among his friends George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ezra Pound, Pearl Buck, Dwight Eisenhower, and Langston Hughes. This engaging biography spans the history of Hayes's life and career and the legacy he left behind as a musician and a champion of African American rights. It is an authentic, panoramic portrait of a man who was as complex as the music he performed.

Author Notes

Christopher A. Brooks is Professor of Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is author (with Shirley Verrett) of I Never Walked Alone: The Autobiography of an American Singer and several other publications.

Robert Sims is Professor of Voice in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.

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Tenor Roland Hayes, the first black man to find international recognition as a concert musician, paved the way for singers such as Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

George ShirleySimon Estes
Forewordp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Introduction: "I'll Make Me a Man"p. xv
Prologuep. 1
1 A New Jerusalem (1887-1911)p. 5
2 Roland's World in Boston (1911-1920)p. 27
3 Roland Rules Britannia (1920-1921)p. 53
4 "Le Rage de Paris" (1921-1922)p. 79
5 "You're Tired, Chile" (1923)p. 93
6 The Hayes Conquest (1923-1924)p. 105
7 Roland and the Countess (1924-1916)p. 127
8 The Conquest Slows (1926-1930)p. 146
9 "Hard Trials, Great Tribulations" (1930-1935)p. 196
10 Return to Europe (1936-1942)p. 220
11 Rome, Georgia (1942)p. 242
12 "I Can Tell the World!" (1942-1950)p. 257
13 Struggles in Remaining Relevant (1950-1959)
14 "I Wanna Go Home" (1960-1977)p. 297
Epilogue: The Hayes Legacyp. 312
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Roland Hayes: Repertoirep. 333
Notesp. 345
Bibliographyp. 381
Indexp. 391