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Portrait of the blues /

Main Author: Trynka, Paul.
Other Authors: Wilmer, Valerie.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Da Capo Press, 1997
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In the mid-60s, Keith Richards and Muddy Waters crossed paths. "The weirdest thing was that when we met Muddy he was painting Chess Studios. You walk in and start recording, on your hands and knees in this Mecca, and they say, you might like to meet this guy who's up on a step ladder in a white overall, and you say, who's that? That's Muddy Waters." Trynka and Wilmer look back at Muddy, Keith, and the rest with an extraordinary collection of photos, most by Wilmer, and straight-from-the-sources snippets. Well-known stars like Willie Dixon and Jimmy Rogers share space with lesser lights like Cedell Davis and Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes. Through quotes from the musicians arrayed in loosely topical chapters ("Roots," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Down in Louisiana," etc.), the story of the blues emerges. Three pages of short biographies conclude. Fine browsing while reflectively listening to one or more of the artists covered. --Mike Tribby

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