Peter Guralnick pledges in the epilogue to Feel Like Going Home
that his writing will henceforth be "younger, less self-conscious and critical." Don't dwell too much on the author's oath, however: the prose here is hardly jaded and awkward. Initially published in 1971, Feel Like Going Home
consists of 11 chapters, most of which are single-subject studies of American roots-music artists. Guralnick openly reveres his interview subjects, which isn't to imply that he fawns over them. The likes of bluesmen Howlin' Wolf
and Johnny Shines
, incorrigible rock & roller Jerry Lee Lewis
, and, in particular, moody man-without-a-genre talent Charlie Rich
(who was inspired to write a song called "Feel Like Going Home" based on this book--it's the final song on his final album
) come across as knotty, vivid, complex characters. Published in tandem with Guralnick's similarly organized Lost Highway
and his superb history of southern soul, Sweet Soul Music
, Feel Like Going Home
provides an early-stage perspective on a music historian who's truly arrived. --Steven Stolder
From Library Journal
Published in 1971 and 1979, respectively, these titles continue Guralnick's analysis of American music. Feel Like Going Home concentrates primarily on blues artists, with some borderline rockers thrown in, while Lost Highway covers a wide array of artists from several genres, including everyone from Hank Snow to Elvis to Merle Haggard. Both volumes were hits with critics and have a place in popular music collections.
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