Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King

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"Riley B. King grew up amidst the cotton farms of Mississippi, picking in the fields. At age 21 he wrecked a tractor and took it as a sign that a brighter future awaited him as a musician in Memphis. The rest is history." "Recounting his days as a disk jockey and pioneering bluesman on the rhythm and blues circuit, B. B. dramatizes his whirlwind adventures, from the Memphis of the forties to the Moscow of the nineties, in a voice that is both raw and real. A deeply sensuous and sensitive soul, he discloses his complex relationship to women and sexuality, and chronicles his first-hand experience with racism, the Civil Rights movement, and the shifting politics of show business."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This is one man whose music speaks to me like no other. When I found this book, I was so excited to read it. This book reads like B.B.'s own personal diary. So frank and honest. It's like B.B. was sitting there talking to me. Read full review

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If you want to know B.B. King, read this book. He really bares his soul and is very forthcoming. An amazing person and musician. An American treasure. Read full review


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B. B. King was born in 1925 on a cotton plantation in Mississippi. He is the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years and has released over fifty albums, many of them considered classics. The recipient of numerous honors, B. B. King has been nominated for 24 Grammy awards and was given a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1987. In 1990, he received the Presidential Medal of the Arts and in 1995 he was an award recipient at the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2000, B. B. King had his first two platinum records, Riding with the King with Eric Clapton, and Deuces Wild.
Dick Waterman founded Avalon Productions, the first agency devoted exclusively to managing and promoting blues musicians. He has managed legendary artists Son House, Skip James, Booker White, Mance Lipscomb, Arthur Crudup, Robert Pete Williams, John Hurt, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and most notably, managed Bonnie Raitt for 15 years.
Charles Sawyer is the author of the authorized biography of B. B. King.

David Ritz has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B. B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He co-wrote the song Sexual Healing with Marvin Gaye. He received the Gleason Music Book Award four times.

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