I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Stephen Calt

I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues

Chicago Review Press
Publication date: April 2008
ISBN: 9781569769966
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Providing a clear look into the life of one of the greatest Mississippi bluesmen, this is the first biography of the late Skip James, perhaps the most creative and idiosyncratic of all blues musicians. His 1931 performances of "Devil Got My Woman," "I'm So Glad," and "22-20 Blues" are masterpieces that transcend the genre. Drawing largely on hundreds of hours of conversations with James himself, it paints a dark and unforgettable portrait of a man untroubled by his own murderous inclinations, a man who achieved one moment of transcendent greatness in a life haunted by failure. In doing so, it offers new insights into the nature of the blues, the world in which it thrived, and its fate when that world vanished.
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I’d Rather Be The Devil: Skip Lames and The Blues – Stephen Calt

A realistic portrait of a Bluesman with exceptional reasons for feeling and playing the Blues. Certainly not an idealistic white reflection.
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