Memphis Minnie Links

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LINK  I:  ESSAY

---The Forgotten Queen: Was Memphis Minnie the Mother of Electric Blues Guiarists? by JoBeth Briton

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In the essay, Briton praises Memphis Minnie's originality and bravity that leads her to be a pioneer of the blues.  The quotation below is to show Memphis Minnie as a pioneer to set the trend of the blues.

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"Early in 1943, when poet/writer Langston Hughes saw Memphis play at the 230 Club, he was so overwhelmed by her literally electrifying show that he devoted his entire column in the January 9 Chicago Defender to her: " . . . Memphis Minnie . . . beats out blues on an electric guitar. . . .This impressive account shows that Memphis was playing electric guitar with a ferocious power that was virtually unparalleled at the time. When most blues guitarists were still performing from a chair, Memphis began standing up, with her guitar slung down over her hips. She paid a lot of attention to new styles, and new instruments, too. So it should come as no surprise that she was one of the first to play electric guitar. What has remained obscure in the annals of music history is her pioneering command of the instrument."

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Photo: Frank Driggs Collection; quoted from:      http//www.ping.be/ml-cmb/mmindex.htm

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LINK   II:  REFERENCE  SITE

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   Country Meets Blues :

presenting full reference of biographical, discographical, bibliographical information on Memphis Minnie, along with the links to other websites on the same interest

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LINKS   III:  AUDIO  SAMPLES

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Tune.com 15 audio samples plus a brief biographical note
Amazon.com 34 audio samples
The Blueflame Cafe Both present the audio sample of the song Ain't Nothing in Ramblin'
Drinkin' In The Blues

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Biography Discography Selected Songs Links

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