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

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HarperCollins, Dec 8, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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“A treasure trove of information…told with real feeling.” —Washington Post Book World

“Charming...honest...transcendent…. It reads like a warm and lengthy conversation with a close friend.” —Billboard

The undisputed king of the blues, B.B. King puts his life into words in a story that spans tragedy, triumph, and everything in between—and he tells it just how he plays it, straight from the heart. A true-to-life tale of overcoming monumental odds to succeed as an artist in an often unfriendly world, Blues All Around Me is also the story of how blues music changed during its migration from the Mississippi Delta to urban areas such as Chicago. Rolling Stone calls B.B.’s memoir a “very American success story [told] with the lyricism and leisurely pace of a born storyteller.”

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User Review  - Spoo - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - ck2935 - LibraryThing

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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About the author (1999)

B. B. King's numerous honors include an honorary doctorate from Yale University, a Presidential Medal of the Arts, and fifteen Grammy Awards. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, and has more than ninety albums and anthologies to his credit. At age eighty-four, he is still on the road, touring the world.

David Ritz is the author of the acclaimed novels The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat. He is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Book of the Year Award. He's also co-written the memoirs of many celebrities.

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