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The Resource Black Bottom saints, Alice Randall

Black Bottom saints, Alice Randall

Label
Black Bottom saints
Title
Black Bottom saints
Statement of responsibility
Alice Randall
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A celebrated columnist, nightclub emcee, and fine arts philanthropist draws inspiration from the Catholic Saints Day books to reflect on his encounters with black artists in Detroit's legendary Black Bottom neighborhood, from the Great Depression through the post-World War II years
  • From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph "Ziggy" Johnson, has been the pulse of Detroit's famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city's African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he is also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where he's rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era, including Ethel Waters, Billy Eckstein, and Count Basie. Ziggy is also the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of Theater. But now the doyen of Black Bottom is ready to hang up his many dapper hats. As he lays dying in the black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it. Inspired by the Catholic Saints Day Books, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottom's venerable 52 Saints. Among them are a vulnerable Dinah Washington, a defiant Joe Louis, and a raucous Bricktop. Randall balances the stories of these larger-than-life Saints with local heroes who became household names, enthralling men and women whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York City's Harlem. Accompanying these "tributes" are thoughtfully paired cocktails--special drinks that capture the essence of each of Ziggy's saints--libations as strong and satisfying as Alice Randall's wholly original view of a place and time unlike any other
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Cataloging source
OCP
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1959-
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Randall, Alice
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
Thorndike Press Large Print Black Voices
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • African American celebrities
  • African Americans in the newspaper industry
  • Reminiscing in old age
  • Black Bottom (Detroit, Mich.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Black Bottom saints, Alice Randall
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
595 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432885137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1238127158
  • (OCoLC)1238127158
  • 2071872
Label
Black Bottom saints, Alice Randall
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
595 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432885137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1238127158
  • (OCoLC)1238127158
  • 2071872

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