Big Boss Man: The Life and Music of Jimmy Reed

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
(Book). Alcoholic. Epileptic. Technically challenged. Jimmy Reed nevertheless overcame these roadblocks to become perhaps the most successful R&B/pop cross-over artist of the '50s with songs like "Big Boss Man" and "Bright Lights, Big City." Musicians, family members, and those whose lives Reed touched offer revealing and heart-wrenching insights into this now-revered bluesman. While Reed's alcoholism was no secret, its effect on his musicianship is less understood. This engaging book tells the real story that until now has not been told.
 

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Back in the 1950s and 1960s, blues musician Jimmy Reed drew bigger crowds and sold more records than contemporaries such as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Since his death in 1976, however, Reed has ... Read full review

Contents

From Deep Inside the Hellhole
1
Slag Valley and the Gary Stomp
29
Youve Got Me Dizzy
73
Im Mr Luck
115
The ABCs of the New Jimmy Reed
183
Help Yourself
241
Cant Stand tu See You Go
301
Epilogue
329
Endnotes
333
Selected Jimmy Reed Discography
339
Selected Bibliography
343
Acknowledgments
351
About the Author
354
Photo Credits
355
Index
357
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