If This Be Sin

Hazel Newlevant
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Hazel Newlevant's "If This Be Sin" 

Gladys Bentley was a blues singer, piano player, and drag king who performed bawdy tunes in Harlem nightclubs throughout the 1920s and ’30s. Despite the social obstacles she faced as a black, openly queer woman, her outrageous and energetic act became a mainstay of the Harlem cabaret. In 1952, under the oppressive social conditions of the McCarthy era, Bentley publicly renounced her previous identity and claimed to have found happiness as a feminine housewife.

5.5" x 7.5", 16 pages. $3
Full-color covers and interior. Saddle-stitched 
*** OUT OF PRINT! Expanded book version available here ***