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Foreword Introduction: "I'll Make Me a Man" Prologue 1. A New Jerusalem (1887-1911) 2. Roland's World in Boston (1911-1920) 3. Roland Rules Britannia (1920-1921) 4. "Le Rage de Paris" (1921-1922) 5. You're Tired, Chile (1923) 6. The Hayes Conquest (1923-1924) 7. Roland and the Countess (1924-1926) 8. The Conquest Slows (1926-1930) 9. Hard Trials, Great Tribulations (1930-1935) 10. Return to Europe (1936-1942) 11. Rome, Georgia--1942 12. "You can tell the World about This!" (1942-1950) 13. Struggles in Remaining Relevant (1950-1959) 14. I Wanna Go Home (1960-1977) Epilogue: The Hayes Legacy (1977- ) Afterword Roland Hayes: Repertoire Bibliography Notes Index
Gold winner, 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Performing Arts and Music
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.
What we have here is a thorough and well-documented account of the life of a most interesting artist, one who was both a racial pioneer and a fine interpreter of both European art music and African-American spirituals. * ARSC Journal * Well researched, with several primary sources and newspapers cited, the volume includes 48 illustrations of Hayes and other musicians. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice * An impressive work of scholarship, shedding light on a significant figure in American music and the time in which he lived. * Epoch Times * Largely forgotten today outside specialist circles, the African-American tenor Roland Hayes (1887-1976) was a much admired and internationally celebrated artist during his lifetime. As the authors of this substantial and well-documented new biography suggest, a reluctance to broadcast and a relatively limited recording career have prevented wider circulation of his fame in our own day. . . The authors detail his long career meticulously, as well as his complicated private life. * BBC Music Magazine * With moving contributions from tenor George Shirley and bass Simon Estes, this text captures the essence of [Hayes's] career thoughtfully compiled with the accuracy of historian Christopher Brooks and the music depth of baritone Robert Sims. This book is a wonderful journey through Hayes' performances, racial plight and acceptance. * Examiner.com * Offers a gripping, sensitive, and balanced story of this historical icon and musician. * The Atlanta Voice *