At 76 years-young, Buddy Guy is one the last remaining true ties to the Chess-era of Chicago blues. His story is an “American” story; one that proves that with work and perseverance, dreams can come true and thankfully Mr. Guy now tells that story with a memoir titled WHEN I LEFT HOME: MY STORY.
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Debra Devi’s Book About Blues Terms (New York, NY) At first glance one could easily (and incorrectly) assume that a book titled THE LANGUAGE OF THE BLUES is an instructional guide about musical form, theory, technique and style. It is not often that one listens to the blues (and more specifically its lyrics) and thinks about [...]
It was 1975, and the political climate was such that the Rolling Stones were considered to be the root cause of many of the evils that were present in the USA – sex, drugs and rock and roll- the triathlon of youth-destroying American culture and leading young men and women down garden paths of nonconformity [...]
Bob Riesman spent ten years digging deep and traveling wide to understand the man we know as Big Bill Broonzy. As in any good detective story, the man became more of a mystery as more was known- possibly because Big Bill, a storyteller at heart, would take characters from his own life and blend and shape them to fit [...]
> When we, the writers of American Blues News, were asked to give Holiday gift ideas, I have to admit that I was a little stumped. For the past few months I have been writing CD reviews for some potentially great stocking stuffers, but when faced with the task of actually suggesting an item as [...]