When I Left Home: My Story

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Da Capo Press, May 8, 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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User Review  - TheMadTurtle - LibraryThing

If you're a fan of the blues, you must read (or listen to) this book. Buddy Guy is the "Big Poppa" of Chicago blues today, but that wasn't always the case. This book tells his story from leaving ... Read full review

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User Review  - avidmom - LibraryThing

Written in Buddy Guy’s warm conversational tone, reading When I Left Home: My Story didn’t feel like reading a book but rather like sitting and listening to an old friend tell his story - or in this ... Read full review

Contents

Flour Sack
3
Mitchell
25
Where Is He? Where the Hell Is
35
Love in the
43
September 251957
55
Left Home
65
Shorty67
73
Wild Little Nigger from Louisiana
81
Shes Nineteen
133
The Mighty Mojo 149 Brother Brother
161
Flying High Flying
169
Who the Hell Are These Guys?
201
Jailhouse Blues
213
Checkerboard
221
SixtyThree233
233
Weeds Keep Growing
241

One Whole Chicken
93
A Copyright? Whats a Copyright?
103
Night Shift
109
Chess Moves
119
Alpine Valley
247
Hoodoo
257
Selected Discography
263
Copyright

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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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