•First book to give overview of and interviews with women in the blues.
•With many exclusive colour photos taken at live concerts by esteemed music photographer.
•Perfect gift for music lovers.
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 the electric blues, Chicago, to becoming the vibrant global musical movement it is today. In addition, there are exclusive interviews with dozens of the women leading the Blues today.
Featuring selected highlights from Chicago blues photographer Jennifer Noble’s extensive colour collection.
With an introduction by acclaimed music writer Zoe Howe, this book explores the pioneers who created the blues from the 1920s onwards, as well as providing exclusive interviews with around 30 extraordinary women who take the blues to new heights today.
Includes biographies of legendary blues singers and contemporary female artists such as:
●Ma Rainey ●Shemekia Copeland ●Dana Gillespie ●Dona Oxford ●Rosetta Tharpe ●Mavis Staples ● Etta James ●Janis Joplin ●Bonnie Raitt ●Susan Tedeschi ●Big Mama Thornton ●Koko Taylor ●Bessie Smith ●Kyla Brox ●Connie Lush and many more…
About the contributors
JENNIFER NOBLE – Music Photography and Interview compilation
Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee 2014 and the Director of Photography for the Chicago Blues Guide, Jennifer has been photographing legendary blues artists for over 30 years. Her photos have been published all over the world and recently featured in an exhibition about Women in the Blues in Chicago. In addition, she has been a DJ with her own radio show in the USA and has interviewed many blues artists over the years. She is now based in London and is a member of the UK Blues Federation.
ZOE HOWE- Introduction
Zoë Howe is a writer, musician and visual artist based in Essex. Her acclaimed music books include Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story, Lee Brilleaux – Rock ‘n’ Roll Gentleman, the bestselling Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams and Rumours, Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus and Mary Chain Story, Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits, and Wilko Johnson – Looking Back at Me. She was a contributing author to The British Beat Explosion – Rock ‘n’ Roll Island and was also The Blues Magazine’s ‘rock ‘n’ roll agony aunt’.
“Jennifer Noble is an insightful blues enthusiast whose wealth of knowledge of blues music is second to none. Through this rare book about women in blues, the reader encounters many of the talented ladies Jennifer has met on her photographic journey – from Irma Thomas to Ivy Ford – illuminated with wonderfully informative dialogue from the artists themselves to complement her photos. This is not just another coffee table book: it is a must read for all blues aficionados!”
–Blues Matters Magazine
“Jennifer Noble’s photographs make you fall in love with these Blues Women. She captures the essence of their soul. I have fallen in love with them as well and was so inspired that I started Women of the Blues Foundation. Thank you, Jennifer Noble for bringing me into a world of extraordinary women.” –Lynn Orman Weiss, Founder Women of the Blues Foundation and Women of the Blues Records.
“Jennifer Noble has been photographing blues in Chicago for more than 30 years so she knows a thing or two about the scene. In 50 Women in the Blues, she highlights–you guessed it–50 women of the blues–from the legendary trailblazers like Memphis Minnie, Big Mama Thorton, Sippie Wallace and Bessie Smith to present day blues queens such as Shemekia Copeland, Joanna Connor, Thornetta Davis, Mary Lane, Sister Cookie and many, many more. Even I, who likes to think I know everything there is to know about the women who sing the blues, met a few women I didn’t know in this delightful book.” –Chicago Blues News