Big Boss Man: The Life and Music of Bluesman Jimmy Reed

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(Book). Alcoholic. Epileptic. Technically challenged. Jimmy Reed nevertheless overcame these roadblocks to become perhaps the most successful R&B/pop cross-over artist of the '50s with songs like "Big Boss Man" and "Bright Lights, Big City." Musicians, family members, and those whose lives Reed touched offer revealing and heart-wrenching insights into this now-revered bluesman. While Reed's alcoholism was no secret, its effect on his musicianship is less understood. This engaging book tells the real story that until now has not been told.

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Romano has written for magazines such as Guitar Player, Bass Player, Modern Drummer, and Blues Revue, as well as for publications such as the New York Post and New York Daily News.

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" 'Big Boss Man' will spark new appreciation for a complex man ... " -- Downbeat, January 2007, Vol. 74, Number 1

" ... dispels the myths, casts some light on popular folktales ... and uncovers hard truths that even die-hard fans wouldn't know." -- Time Out Chicago, November 16 - 22, 2006, issue 90

"A serious contender for blues book of the year, it's essential reading for Reed's fans." -- Blues Revue, Feb./Mar., 2007, Issue 104

"Romano lays out this consummate tale with authority and an admirable briskness, his exhaustive research augmented by dozens of contemporary interviews and old ones Reed himself gave ..." --Harp magazine, November 2006

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