Analysis of Sherrie Tucker's It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't in the History Books

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Analysis of Sherrie Tucker “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t In the History Books”

“Ah, that explains it. All-girl bands are absent from recorded history because they weren’t real!” (Tucker) Although in Sherrie Tucker, “It Don’t Mean a Thing…,” she argue about the injustice that all-girl bands faced during the swing era, the meaning behind the text can be apply to modern social issues. The entertainment industry of the 1930s did not seem so different compare to it now. Males are still dominating the music, film, and television departments. Women are still not equal to men no matter how much time has passed. Why is that? Don’t they have a voice of representation, so how is it that the entertainment industry cannot draw upon political right and apply that idea to itself? Comparing women’s role from swing to modern, while there might have been some movements, the world is still very much male dominated. The Swing era was decorated with the zoot suits, lindy hoppers, Benny Goodman vs. Chick Webb and of course the music. Back in the 1930s, swing music was the hippest thing, and the musicians behind it were living the life. However, swing was a male dominated scene and women were only considered novelties. If they weren’t novelties, then their sexualities (lesbians?) would come into question. Otherwise they were just terrible overall and cannot play an instrument as well as their male counterpart. When they were good, they could not be exclaimed “Queen of Swing!” instead it was “the female Gene Krupa” or “skirted Krupa” (Tucker). The more demeaning situations in swing were “when referenced, however, women are frequently invoked not as jazz musicians themselves but rather as trivial, mundane or commodified conduits for the profane exercising of male sexuality” (McGee). Basically women were still considered objects for the more masculine gender. Women were so afraid of being stereotype that “many women refuse to play in ‘‘all-girl’’ band because they are afraid of...
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