Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes In Search of Blind Willie Mctell

ISBN-10: 1556529759
ISBN-13: 9781556529757
Edition: 2009
Authors: Michael Gray
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Description: Evoking the turbulent past of the subject's time and place, this odyssey to rural Georgia peels back the many layers of Blind Willie McTell's compelling, occasionally shocking, but ultimately uplifting story. Portraying him as one of the most gifted  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Evoking the turbulent past of the subject's time and place, this odyssey to rural Georgia peels back the many layers of Blind Willie McTell's compelling, occasionally shocking, but ultimately uplifting story. Portraying him as one of the most gifted artists of his generation, this account uncovers the secrets of McTell's ancestry, the hardships he sufferedincluding being blind from birthand the successes he enjoyed. Traveling throughout the south and beyond, this personal and moving journey unearths a lost world of black music, exploring why he drifted in and out of the public eye, how he was "rediscovered" time and again through chance meetings, and why, until now, so little has been written about the life of this extraordinary man. Part biography, part travelogue, part social history, this atmospheric, unforgettable tale connects the subject's life to the tumultuous sweep of history, exploding every stereotype about blues musicians and revealing a vulnerable milieu of poverty and discrimination, demonstrating that little may have changed in the Deep South, even today.

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