When I Left Home: My Story

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Da Capo Press, 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  - George - Goodreads

Probably the greatest book that I've read about any musician. Buddy Guy writes with an intimacy with the reader. He welcomes you into a world of amazing people and music. Read full review

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User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

Buddy is the bridge between the old blues greats and the great rock and roll acts of the 60s and 70s. He and BB King have kept the flame burning. This was an enjoyable, funny and deeply personal story. A terrific read. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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