Then & Now: Ladies Sing the Blues

Female Singers

It's an old familiar song. Girl has a remarkable voice, which her hometown discovers before she even enters school. By her teens, she is singing professionally. Soon, she's on the road. Fame and fortune come her way, either through struggle or windfall. So do men, who often treat her shabbily. There might be a season of drugs or insanity, or both. Still, musical success has arrived. It's a well-worn tale, but we never tire of hearing about these divas of our day. And the publishing industry is ever eager to oblige. Here are some new tomes about our finest songstresses:

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