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I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy Hardcover – May 15, 2011
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Bill recorded hundreds of songs, a large number of which he wrote himself. Between 1927 (his first recording) and 1947, he recorded 290 pieces, frequently demonstrating amazing guitar and vocal skills. In the period after 1947, to his death in 1958, Bill delighted audiences with his "I am a folk singer - the last of the bluesmen" persona, telling tales of life on the farm, in the US army, in the windy city and of love lost and found to say nothing of having fun - something Bill seems to have a penchant for. He often introduced himself by saying "My name is William Lee Conley Broonzy".
Bill regaled audiences with tales of his birth on 26 June 1893 and that of his twin sister Laney and of his father's response to being told he had twins to care for. He claimed to have served in the US Army in France from 1918 - 1919 and to have been invited by a record company to travel to the Delta following a major flood in 1927: Turns out, that a good deal of this was fiction.Read more ›
Another American icon of another generation - Will James - who came to symbolize the American West and who appeared to live through the golden sunset of the life of a working cowboy and whom wrote some beautiful books about his experiences was exposed to be a "poser." At that time, it seemed to a young reader to be a painful experience and as I reflect back on it, the material written about Mr. James was tinted with sarcasm and disrespect. The reader of this biography of Big Bill will find that the writer preserves Big Bill's and Lee Bradley's dignity. This book comes highly recommended.
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A little disappointed. I will be ordering his autobiography which I hope will be more revealing.This tended to read like more of an intellectual scholarly tome than a insight into... Read morePublished 11 months ago by sleepwalker
This is a very good biography of blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
It's well researched, well written and informative. Read more
There's a little interesting information, but mostly, it's a drab account of a totally fascinating figure. Read morePublished on August 21, 2014 by Jake Fantom
We know the music, finally we know the man. Big Bill Broonzy was a key figure in Chicago blues and a force in the folk music revival of the 1950s. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Gary T. Johnson