When I Left Home
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According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues.
Guy’s epic story stands at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to Chicago from rural Louisiana in the fiftiesthe very moment when urban blues were electrifying our culture. He was a regular session player at Chess Records. Willie Dixon was his mentor. He was a sideman in the bands of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He and Junior Wells formed a band of their own. In the sixties, he became a recording star in his own right.
When I Left Home tells Guy’s picaresque story in his own unique voice, that of a storyteller who remembers everything, including blues masters in their prime and the exploding, evolving culture of music that happened all around him.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Buddy Guy: When I Left Home
I really enjoyed this book. Buddy gave good insights into his influences and the Blues people he has met. He was at a transition between the old school and new school Chicago Blues scene. But the reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I felt there could have been more grit to his story. No disrespect intended, but I think there are many autobiographies where the subject's life life could have been dealt with deeper. Still, a very good read.
While not a comprehensive autobiography of Buddy's life, its a good story with some funny stories of Buddy and his legendary friends as personal highlights. I would have liked it to be longer with more in depth stories about his life, as well as antecdotes from it. All around it is a good book from a man squarely at the juicy center of the blues.
- Category: Music
- Published: May 08, 2012
- Publisher: Da Capo Press
- Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English