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Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll Paperback – July 1, 1999
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It's not a comprehensive history; Guralnick instead offers some individual, detailed portraits. You can understand him choosing Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Jerry Lee Lewis, because they were all giant figures in the creation of these genres. But other choices are more idiosyncratic, like Johnny Shines, described as "a run-of-the-mill blues singer" by the co-founder of landmark label Chess Records; and Robert Pete Williams, who seems to merge blues with free associative verse and would never be more than a footnote character in most histories. And what's with including Charlie Rich, who had a brief association with rock's founding via Sun Records but never really established himself as either a blues or rock performer?
Guralnick never does tie any of this in; his pieces, however intended to cohere, feel like collected articles written for music magazines. I don't know that they have to be read in order and one after the other, like chapters of a book.
But individually they are good, in most cases very good. Guralnick is an unusual departure from rock writers. He writes with singular care; with craft, honesty, and an engaging sense of humility that draws the reader in. He doesn't make broad claims for anyone's greatness, or dismiss others out of hand.Read more ›
In this manner you read the chapters about some great bluesmen. And they still remain legends and heroes, but legends and heroes that we can touch, that we can talk to, what we can see as normal men. And isn't that what blues is about? a music-style about and for normal men, who have trouble enough getting on in life?
This was Guralnicks first real book from 1971. The people he talks about were then mostly still alive and still performing. Also a good way to see them as they once were.
Don't expect a comprehensive history, it's more a portrait. Another great Guralnick read.
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This book is fine, but not what I was hoping for. Good basic biographies about blues artists, but nothing beyond the basics.Published 1 month ago by Mister Kennedy
Haven't read it yet but anything by Guralnick has been very good in the past.Published 9 months ago by Randall L Yass
if you love the music- when-it was -music era(s) of this country, ANYTHING authored by Guralnick
Everything I've ever read that was written by Peter Guralnick is great! The enhanced edition is no exception.Published 18 months ago by Jane F. Osgerby
GREAT STORY It reads as if you are right in the room with Muddy and Wolf. If you are a blues fan this is a must readPublished on January 12, 2013 by Joseph White