I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues

Front Cover
Chicago Review Press, Apr 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 385 pages
1 Review

Skip James (1902–1969) was perhaps the most creative and idiosyncratic of all blues musicians. Drawing on hundreds of hours of conversations with James himself, Stephen Calt here paints a dark and unforgettable portrait of a man untroubled by his own murderous inclinations, a man who achieved one moment of transcendent greatness in a life haunted by failure. And in doing so, Calt offers new insights into the nature of the blues, the world in which it thrived, and its fate when that world vanished.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - HenryKrinkle - LibraryThing

Skip James was a blues innovator, a sour, murderous pimp who also happened to be . . . a piano tuner! Read full review

Contents

Part Two
21
Part Three
73
Part Four
131
Part Five
237
Part Six
311
Afterword
365
Devil Got My Woman
366
Idioms
369
Subject Index
377
Song Index
383
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Stephen Calt is the author of King of the Delta Blues: The Life and Music of Charlie Patton and the coauthor of R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz and Country. He died in October 2010.

Bibliographic information