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Women have been at the dawn of the blues since Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey were singing about hard knocks and tough love in smoky bars. This book gives an overview of the early days of the blues and its development from the Mississippi Delta to the hometown of electric blues, Chicago, to becoming the global musical movement it is today. Includes: Ma Rainey, Shemekia Copeland, Rosetta Tharpe, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Bessie Smith, Kyla Brox, Dana Gillespie, Dona Oxford, Connie Lush, Ruthie Foster and many more... Written by acclaimed music writer Zoe Howe, and featuring Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Noble's exclusive colour photos, this book explores the pioneers who created the blues from the 1920s to today, as well as providing interviews with around 30 extraordinary women who make the blues happen now.