Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Michael Gray

Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell

Chicago Review Press
Publication date: September 2009
ISBN: 9781569763353
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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 suffered-including being blind from birth-and 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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Hand Me My Travellin’ Shoes – Michael Gray

The tragic story of Blind Willie McTell is one which will have even the coldest hearted moping. That’s one way of looking at it. Another is that, despite the obvious hardship and terrible lack of recognition in this history, his fierce determination against the odds, his sight without sight (he steered the streets and his surroundings with ease), and his continuing to write, perform and love blues, are all worthy of the pride which anyone reading this book will automatically feel. Moreover, he will live on longer in these and subsequent memories. This is the reason Gray dedicates such a proportion of his life to the blind man and his contemporaries. Gray keeps his readers up to date with his extended post-published thoughts by way of a neat blog sharing the same title as the book. He has just stopped updating another blog about Bob Dylan, running since 2006. His two musical points of research are not unlinked – Dylan was a huge Blind Willie McTell fan and McTell heavily influenced his musical progression. A fascinating biography.
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Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Michael Gray
Chicago Review Press, September 2009
ISBN: 9781569763353
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