• Fascinating... Hamilton's book deserves to be read, particularly by those who think they've read it all before. In future, all searches for the blues must start here

    Robert Sandall, Sunday Times
  • Provocatively entertaining...Assiduously researched and beautifully written, what this book reminds us is that the blues has always meant something quite different to white audiences than to black ones

    Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph
  • Iconoclastic... Marybeth Hamilton proves herself a fine and sensitive detective... It shakes the foundation myth of so much music that followed, as well as explaining a great deal about what it is to be a record collector, itself a dying calling in the age of the iPod

    Caspar Llewellyn-Smith, Observer
  • An important and often beautifully written piece of historical revisionism

    Observer Music Monthly
  • Hamilton has a keen, unforgiving eloquent book about people making the forgotten important

    Roz Kaveney, Time Out

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