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FLAPPERS SERIES PART 2 – Zelda Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker
Welcome to the second in a three part series about FLAPPERS – Six Women of A Dangerous Generation by JUDITH MACKRELL.
FLAPPERS we all know their image of a girl with bees stung lips dancing the Charleston with a cigarette holder and a feather in her hair….. that was the fashion – but who were the women who created this image? Who lived the life to the full – who lived so dangerously, creatively, wildly, Sexually, experimentally. The women who Judith explores in her book Flappers were passionate women who lived on the edge – they had no role models they were the first generation who collectively lived like free modern women…with no limits.
Zelda Fitzgerald author, painter, mother and wife of Scott Fitzgerald the relationship which brought her fame and her downfall. Zelda and Scott fell desperately in love and she was the total inspiration for his classic books; The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night and The Beautiful and the Damned – he invented the term JAZZ AGE. Zelda took this as a cue to go wild and party day and night.
Josephine Baker was THE star of 1920s paris. She was a singer, a visionary and American born but upon her death, Josephine Baker was given a state funeral with over 20,000 mourners. Josephine was black, brave, fun and hugely talented.
Todays Music is La Petite Tonkinoise by Josephine Baker
ABOUT JUDITH MACKRELL
Judith is the Dance Critic for The Guardian. She has mostly written books about dance including: Out of Line: The Story of British Dance, Reading Dance and Bloomsbury Ballerina. She lives in Hackney with her family.
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