"BB KING TAPS INTO SOMETHING UNIVERSAL ...HE CAN'T BE CONFINED TO ANY ONE GENRE. THAT'S WHY I'VE CALLED HIM A 'GLOBAL MUSICIAN,'" - ERIC CLAPTON. Like a celebration thrown by B.B. for his countless fans, The B.B. King Treasures brings remembrances, photos, and rare and personal memorabilia together in a magnificent collection. Numerous illustrations and 12 removable facsimile reproductions - among them a farming record from his old days as a Mississippi sharecropper and a postcard from a sixteen-year-old B.B. to his sweetheart - provide the atomosphere for the party. The entertainment is a jam session, led by the King of the Blues himself, of rare and never before published quotes and stories from B.B., his friends, and people he worked with over the years, The 60-minute CD features two previously unreleased songs - one from B.B.'s first-ever recording session with ABC Records in 1962, the other from a 1971 London studio session - along with selected interviews. The first illustrated book published by B.B.King, The B.B.King Treasures presents a one of a kind look inside the legacy of the foremost blues singer and guitarist of our time. Since B.B King started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 50 albums, many of them considered classics, and has become the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years. The recipient of numerous honours, he 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. He was an award recipient at the Kennedy Center in 1995. In1996, he published his autobiography, Blues All Around Me, with coauthor David Ritz.
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Dick Waterman, a leading journalist and photographer was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. His first book, Between Midnight and Day: the Last Unpublished Blues Archive, was published in 2003.From Publishers Weekly:
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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