The B.B. King Reader: 6 Decades of Commentary

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Richard Kostelanetz, Jesse Reiswig
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
3 Reviews
This edition includes 18 interviews and the best articles and reviews about B.B. King's life and career. The book describes how he first made his mark as a disc jockey in Memphis, traces his early tours and recordings and enjoys his fame as the greatest living exponent of the blues style.
  

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As much as I love the subject, much of the information is repetitive and not particularly informative unless you have never read anything about BB King at all. Read BB's autobiography instead. Read full review

Review: The BB King Reader: 6 Decades of Commentary

User Review  - Goodreads

As much as I love the subject, much of the information is repetitive and not particularly informative unless you have never read anything about BB King at all. Read BB's autobiography instead. Read full review

Contents

A GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 2000
3
THE BLUES 1964
17
URBAN STYLES THE SECOND MOVE TOWARDS AMERICA AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUL 1972
35
FROM ITTA BENA TO FAME 1952
51
How Blue Can You Get?
55
RAPPING WITH THE KING 197O
57
BB KING 1971
71
BB KING JOHN LEE HOOKER 1993
85
BB KING 1980 1991
143
ANALYSIS OF BB KINGS GUITAR STYLE 1987
184
Paying the Cost to Be the Boss
207
E PLURIBUS BLUESMAN 1991
209
IN THE STUDIO JANUARY 71991
215
KEEP THE HAMMER DOWN 1996
229
Discography
261
Notes on Selected Recordings
283

THE INFLUENCE OF BB KING 1968
103
REMEMBERING MY 1980 BIOGRAPHY 1995
109
Lucille Talks Back
113
CONVERSATION WITH BB KING 1986
115
BLUES IS KING 1991
136
Bibliographies
307
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
320
PERMISSIONS
322
Index
323
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Richard Kostelanetz was born in 1940 in New York City and still lives there. He is a writer, artist, critic, and editor of the avant- garde who is productive in many fields. He has degrees from Brown University, Columbia University, and attended King's College, London. He served as visiting professor or guest artist at a variety of institutions and lectured widely. His published works include In the Beginning (1971), The End of Intelligent Writing: Literary Politics in America (1974), Recyclings: A Literary Autobiography (1974, 1984), A Berlin Lost (1984), and A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (1999), as well as many small press experimental and visual poetry titles. Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz's work appear in Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers and Britannica.com.

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