Squeezing Out Sparks
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That’s a shame, because as much as this quip puts Tharpe squarely in the company of the better known bluesmen-who were, after all, fully expected to behave badly-so it also dismisses her as a musician. This sort of move helps make The Blues-capstone event in the Year of the Blues-once again the story of “Men in Blues,” as told by men. Not incidentally, none of the seven directors in the series are women.