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It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues Paperback – September 28, 2007

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553652002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553652007
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edisaurus on November 12, 2009
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I've been a fan of Long John Baldry's music since the 1970's and have always wanted to know more about him. The small amount of information available from CD inserts only made him more intriguing. Baldry had a posh accent but could growl the blues with the passion of Leadbelly, and seemed to be at the epicenter of the British Blues movement. He was not only one of the most versatile singers ever, but he gave Rod Stewart and Elton John their start, and they returned the favor by producing and performing on several Baldry albums.

The author, Paul Myers, obviously understands and has a great love for music and a deep knowledge of how it all connects. He captures Baldry's fascinating story in an engaging and compelling way with an economy of words--no sycophantic slobbering or speculation--and a very visual sense. I would love to see the documentary by Nick Orchard which is mentioned in the book (Myers wrote the documentary too, obviously a perfect choice!) because growing up in the states, I was never able to see Baldry's amazing tv performances other than via Youtube clips. I hope the documentary will be released at some point, but until then, this book more than fits the bill.

You don't even need to know Long John Baldry's music to enjoy this book, although after you read it you will be seeking out his songs. People are still discovering what a great artist he was!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson on August 30, 2011
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This is not only a biography of Long John Baldry but a really good history of the development of British blues and the British music scene in the 1960s and early 1970s.

I found this book really interesting and entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Kitt- Amazon Customer on April 26, 2011
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A great read! After seeing John in the late '70s at the Bottom Line in NYC, this filled in the backstory of his life. A must read for rock historians...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2012
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This is a journalistic approach to a biography. Normally I would find the this style of writing a bit dry. Not so this book. I was drawn in from the beginning.
long John Baldry's place in the history of the blues was an unknown to me. After reading 'It Ain't Easy ' I feel a lost at having missed out on an opportunity to experience this talented and colorful man first hand.
No matter where you stand in the continuum of music ,starting in the mid 20th century ,this story is a significant piece of that history not only for his place in it as a musician but as a person generous of spirit who shared of his talent by recognizing and mentoring new talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By buddhazentao on March 3, 2011
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If you like stories of people and music, and you like Rod Stewart, Elton John, the Stones, the blues, and on and on....then you will like this book. Long John knew them all and influenced many of them. It is well written, full of fascinating stories and history. I had a lot of fun reading it.
There was always a place in my heart for Long John, a legend.
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