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Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey
Briefly portrays the life of the influential blues singer, Ma Rainey, discusses the development of her music, and analyzes the theme of love in her music.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 25th 1983 by University of Massachusetts Press
(first published August 1st 1983)
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Sandra Lieb's study of Ma Rainey - the first book-length study, in fact - is well worth reading for anyone interested in the blues. It's also well-worth reading for those interested in feminism and for those investigating the transformation of African American culture during the early twentieth century. Lieb published this book in 1981, and it is difficult to understand why it took so long for a biography of Rainey to emerge, especially when we consider that her popularity in the 1920s was as gr ...more