Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues & Rock 'N' Roll

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This is the first volume of Guralnick's trilogy on American music. It gives vivid portraits of blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and also of the Memphis giants - Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and the Sun record label. The other volumes on this trilogy include "Sweet Soul Music" and "Lost Highway".

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Peter Guralnick pledges in the epilogue to Feel Like Going Home that his writing will henceforth be "younger, less self-conscious and critical." Don't dwell too much on the author's oath, however: the prose here is hardly jaded and awkward. Initially published in 1971, Feel Like Going Home consists of 11 chapters, most of which are single-subject studies of American roots-music artists. Guralnick openly reveres his interview subjects, which isn't to imply that he fawns over them. The likes of bluesmen Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Shines, incorrigible rock & roller Jerry Lee Lewis, and, in particular, moody man-without-a-genre talent Charlie Rich (who was inspired to write a song called "Feel Like Going Home" based on this book--it's the final song on his final album) come across as knotty, vivid, complex characters. Published in tandem with Guralnick's similarly organized Lost Highway and his superb history of southern soul, Sweet Soul Music, Feel Like Going Home provides an early-stage perspective on a music historian who's truly arrived. --Steven Stolder

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"The most loving book I have ever read about American popular music, and one of the more savvy."--Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone

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