The story of blues legend Buddy Guy, his 35 years on the Blues scene, and his influence on Rock-and-Roll.
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When rock star Eric Clapton declared in the 1980s that Buddy Guy is "by far and without a doubt the best guitar player alive," the blues legend had no record contract and was playing a string of small clubs. Since that time, Guy's influence has become more widely acknowledged, and his fortunes have certainly increased with his growing reputation. Damn Right I've Got the Blues is laudatory yet frank in discussing Guy's accomplishments as well as his troubles. From an evolutionary standpoint, Guy is a historic link between such electric blues pioneers as Howlin' Wolf and much later revivalists like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Guy's use of feedback had a profound influence on several rock musicians, especially Jimi Hendrix. Through interviews with the man himself, other musicians, and other figures in the music industry, Wilcock makes clear this and Guy's other achievements and also the vicissitudes of Guy's lifelong journey from Louisiana poverty through Chicago's blues bars to his current fame. An abundance of photographs and a thorough discography add to the book's value to blues aficionados. Aaron CohenFrom Library Journal:
Guy is the link between Chicago blues pioneers Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters and English musicians like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page who made millions exposing blues music to the world. For 35 years, Guy played with luminaries from the worlds of rock and blues, but despite releasing albums on at least ten labels, he remained only a musician's favorite. It was not until 1992, at the age of 55, that he had a significant hit of his own: the Grammy Award-winning "Damn Right I've Got the Blues." Guy has had a huge influence on guitarists as notable as Hendrix and Vaughn. Muddy Waters passed the torch to Buddy shortly before his death when he said, "Don't let them goddam blues die on me." Guy has kept that promise by passing on reverence to the blues to the next generation. Essential for all popular music collections.
- Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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Book Description Duane Press, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11094262713X
Book Description Duane Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 094262713X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0981543