"I enjoyed reading it very much." - Billy Vera, singer, songwriter, actor, author, music historian and Grammy Award winner.
"The book is great and I am honored to be part of it. I wish you all the success in the world!" -
Doug MacLeod, Winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards.
"I'm so pleased with the Book .... The photos tell a lot of great story's ... Well put together !"- Mac Arnold , member of the Muddy Waters Band.
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"The book is a labor of love for Spörke. He examines several facets of Thornton's personality with a fair hand that assesses without passing judgment... excellent work... ." Blues Blast Magazine/ Issue 8/37 September 11/2014.
"Big Mama was many things; a comic, a dancer, a singer, an actress, a songwriter and a person of true passion. 'Big Mama Thornton-The Life and Music' captures the essence of the person. Big Mama was first and foremost a musician, a true African-American Blues Musician."- Nat Dove, classic blues pianist who performed and recorded with the likes of Robert Cray, George "Harmonica" Smith, Freddie King, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton, Louis Meyers, and Big Joe Turner; founder and director of the Bakersfield Blues Preservation Society.
"Very well done!--a great book!"- Tom Principato, American blues and blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
"the merit of this book is not only to close a biographical gap, but to bring one of the great Blues and R & B female singers of the postwar era into the focus again." Michael Seiz, bluesnews/no. 79/October 2014.
"... it deserves a lot of readers." - wasser-prawda.de
"Spörke has authored what is undoubtedly the definitive biography on Willie Mae Thornton ... the book is an engrossing page-turner from beginning to end"- Randy Patterson boomerocity.com