- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (December 8, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380807602
- ISBN-13: 978-0380807604
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King Paperback – December 8, 1999
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His real name is Riley B. King, but the B.B. stands, as any aficionado knows, for Blues Boy, a nickname he was given in the late 1940s when he was a disk jockey in Memphis, Tenn. Of course, he's best known as the King of the Blues to millions of fans throughout the world. At 70, B.B. King is still singing the blues and this is his story, from his childhood growing up in the Mississippi Delta, to the purchase of his first guitar at age 12, from his first real break after his appearance on Sonny Boy Williamson's King Biscuit Time radio show, to his ascent to international acclaim as America's ambassador of the blues. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The long-awaited autobiography.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Thankfully, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Riley King here on Earth, and I enjoyed listening to him make Lucille cry and sing more than once....and now that he's been called back home to play Lucille for the Heavens, do yourself a favor and give this one a read....I guarantee you'll enjoy every page, cover to cover, and have a lasting appreciation for a musician and a man that made it from the bottom to the top while making everyone smile, sing and hum their way to happiness.....in spite of singing the blues. The thrill is gone, but will never be forgotten.....
know the man, not just the musician. Although B.B. was the ultimate blues musician and a composer of great blues songs, I believe he would be the first to admit that he was not a professional writer. That credit must go to David Ritz. He did an amazing job. I am a serious reader, mostly of
autobiographies of musicians. This is, I believe, the best one I have ever read.
Age 7 was the first time he ever touched a guitar, sneaking into a bedroom at a party. Its owner, his reverend, caught him, but let him to pick it up, and showed him a few chords. Then he made his first guitar by stringing wire onto a broom handle, and later bought real guitar from Sears. He describes the Memphis blues scene, at the time when Elvis was also there, picking up blues. How various white managers put their names on first copyright of his songs to get the royalties.
These are among other stories, and the book is never dull. Possibly a little too much emphasis on his sex life, however. So, "I stepped out of Mississippi when I was 10 years old, My suit cut sharp as a razor, and a heart made out of gold" [Riding With the King], pretty much describes it. This book would enjoyed by anyone who loves music, period, not just the blues.