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Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey Paperback – 31 Dec 1981

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; Reprint edition (31 Dec. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870233947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870233944
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes, Bessie's the queen, and Memphis Minnie has her moments, but for me Ma will always be not 'a' pioneer but The Greatest, besides being the nicer person. It's good to see that this account, as scholarly as you could wish, now fetches a respectable sum. Better still are the records. My first exposure (courtesy, if I'm not wrong, of Sydenham Public Library) was the collection beginning with Bad Luck Blues and ending with Lucky Rock Blues later put out by Byg of France and which I subsequently acquired (Dobells, £2.25). No hokum and posturing about the blues singer being a soul in torment, as with the men (down to the rock singers of today with their contorted features - this is art, and Ma's having a ball as she sings her heart out about suffering common to us all. Her bands deliver, too
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A well researched effort that deserves much credit. This is without doubt an outstanding achievement that I found much pleasure in reading.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93282a08) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x932865a0) out of 5 stars Great resource 20 Aug. 2000
By Space Salamander - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a terrific resource for those who want to learn more about Ma Rainey and the Classic Blues. Well told, comprehensive biography of an eccentric, controversial singer. Filled with anecdotes and well-researched, I recommend this book highly.
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HASH(0x9358303c) out of 5 stars It's Okay 12 Mar. 2014
By seywhut - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately there's just not a lot known about Ma Rainey. I'm afraid I was a bit spoiled by reading Chris Albertson's well researched book about Bessie Smith which was very detailed. The author states that the book was originally written as a thesis and it sure does read like one. If you are looking for a personal flair of Ma's or stories about her then this book will not satisfy your need. The author stretches out what little is known about Ma to cover one chapter. The rest of the book is all about the styles or her music and the discography, etc. It is basically a book about her music and not much personal information. That's not a bad thing. It is informative if you are wanting to study her music but I personally was looking for a bit more fun. I would wait until you could find a copy in the dollar bin.
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