Da Capo Press
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Featuring: Buddy Guy
Hardcover / e-Book
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According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie
Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all
time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as
Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living
embodiment of Chicago blues.
Guy’s epic story stands
at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to Chicago
from rural Louisiana in the fifties—the very moment when
urban blues were electrifying our culture. He was a regular
session player at Chess Records. Willie Dixon was his
mentor. He was a sideman in the bands of Muddy Waters and
Howlin’ Wolf. He and Junior Wells formed a band of their
own. In the sixties, he became a recording star in his own
When I Left Home tells Guy’s
picaresque story in his own unique voice, that of a
storyteller who remembers everything, including blues
masters in their prime and the exploding, evolving culture
of music that happened all around him.
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