Big In Europe

Meares, Joel
April 2012
Wired;Apr2012, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p52
The article explains why American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker was popular in Europe but snubbed in the U.S. It notes that Baker's rise in Europe dovetailed with an African art craze and cites other U.S. acts that capture a European moment. Her 1936 homecoming performance after a decade of success in Paris, France and across Europe was met with unfavorable criticisms. She soon applied for French citizenship and relished her exile. In 1973, she returned to play Carnegie Hall.


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