When I Left Home: My Story

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Da Capo Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues.

Guy’s epic story stands at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to Chicago from rural Louisiana in the fifties—the very moment when urban blues were electrifying our culture. He was a regular session player at Chess Records. Willie Dixon was his mentor. He was a sideman in the bands of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He and Junior Wells formed a band of their own. In the sixties, he became a recording star in his own right.

When I Left Home tells Guy’s picaresque story in his own unique voice, that of a storyteller who remembers everything, including blues masters in their prime and the exploding, evolving culture of music that happened all around him.

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Review: When I Left Home: My Story

User Review  - Lesley - Goodreads

I love Buddy Guy, so for me this was a super fun read. I've seen him live many times and his story telling on stage is very similar to the way this book tells his story. Read full review

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User Review  - Naomi Krokowski - Goodreads

Reading this felt like hanging out with Buddy Guy as he told his story. What a lovely, lively story! Funny and self-deprecating, appreciative of his elders and the new generation, Guy honors and is honored by the blues and the greats who've played it. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Buddy Guy was born in 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana. He is considered among the best blues guitarists alive today. He lives in Chicago. David Ritz is the coauthor of many bestselling autobiographies of musicians, including Ray Charles, Etta James, Scott Weiland, Grandmaster Flash, and more. He is the author of Divided Soul, the definitive biography of Marvin Gaye, and lives in Los Angeles.

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