The B. B. King Treasures: Photos, Mementos & Music from B. B. King's Collection

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9780821257241: The B. B. King Treasures: Photos, Mementos & Music from B. B. King's Collection
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This intimate portrait of living legend B.B. King celebrates the blues singer and guitarist with 75 color and black-and-white photos, facsimile reproductions of items from his personal archive, and--similar to the popular "The Sinatra Treasures"--an audio CD featuring unreleased music and interviews.

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B. B. King was born in 1925 on a cotton plantation in Mississippi. He is the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years and has released over fifty albums, many of them considered classics. The recipient of numerous honors, B. B. King has been nominated for 24 Grammy awards and was given a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1987. In 1990, he received the Presidential Medal of the Arts and in 1995 he was an award recipient at the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2000, B. B. King had his first two platinum records, Riding with the King with Eric Clapton, and Deuces Wild.

Dick Waterman founded Avalon Productions, the first agency devoted exclusively to managing and promoting blues musicians. He has managed legendary artists Son House, Skip James, Booker White, Mance Lipscomb, Arthur Crudup, Robert Pete Williams, John Hurt, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and most notably, managed Bonnie Raitt for 15 years.

Charles Sawyer is the author of the authorized biography of B. B. King.

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While true blues lovers may scoff at the opulence of such a coffee-table volume, they may change their minds when they discover the treat this work has tucked under its front cover: an hour-long audio CD of conversations with the "Chairman of the Board" of blues, B.B. King (b. 1925). The book itself is a stylishly packaged retelling of King's life from Mississippi sharecropping cabin dweller to White House honoree, with King's reminiscences intercut with comments from his friends. In addition to pages of gorgeously reproduced photos, eight parchment sleeves hold facsimiles of King memorabilia: first, his sharecropping account from 1940, and then mostly tickets, programs and posters for his shows. Still, the real "treasure" is the CD: 16 tracks of King talking about how and why he makes music, sometimes accompanied by riffs on Lucille (his guitar), plus two previously unreleased recordings. King gives a bluesman's take on race relations in the 20th century: how white radio stations started playing black music and how British stars (the Beatles, the Stones, Clapton, etc.) revived the careers of black bluesmen and then how white "folkies" picked up on the music, too. This will be a tasty gift for any blues fan. 116 illus. (Sept. 16)Correction: The agent for Robert Oxnam's A Fractured Mind (Reviews, Aug. 8) is Wendy Strothman.
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