- Publisher: Chicago Review Press
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 28mm | 600g
- Publication date: 1 September 1997
- Publication City/Country: Chicago
- ISBN 10: 1556522754
- ISBN 13: 9781556522758
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Illustrations note: b/w photos
- Sales rank: 291,210
This vivid oral snapshot of an America that planted the blues is full of rhythmic grace. From the son of a sharecropper to an itinerant bluesman, Honeyboy's stories of good friends Charlie Patton, Big Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs, and Robert Johnson are a godsend to blues fans. History buffs will marvel at his unique perspective and firsthand accounts of the 1927 Mississippi River flood, vagrancy laws, makeshift courts in the back of seed stores, plantation life, and the Depression.
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David Honeyboy Edwards has been traveling and performing for over 67 years. Already in the Blues Hall of Fame, he was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"A valuable record of a way of life that has all but disappeared." -- Washington Post "Magnificent! I've been waiting for this book since I was a kid." --Taj Mahal "The most central contribution to blues history." --Boston Globe "A deeply moving memoir...one of the last true country blues musicians...[a]story of a troubadour and of survival." --Studs Terkel
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From sharecropper's son to itinerant bluesman, Honeyboy's life reads like a distillation of the classic blues legends. His good friends and musical partners were blues pioneers Charlie Patton, Big Walker Horton, Tommy McClennan, Sunnyland Slim, and Robert Johnson, among many others. He saw some of the first blues musicians in the Delta: Tommy Johnson, Son House, and older artists unrecorded and lost to us. Honeyboy went on the road to play guitar at age seventeen with Big Joe Williams. He hopped the freight trains of blues lore - the Pea Vine, the Southern, and the Yellow Dog - and played the riverboats, juke joints, and good-timing houses along the dusty roads of the Delta. In the thirties, Honeyboy was playing in Handy Park on Beale Street during that seminal era of Memphis's music scene. Eventually the blues led him to Texas, to Deep Ellum in Dallas and to Houston, where he and the blues took on a new sound. In the late forties he brought a teenaged Little Walter to Chicago and together they played on Maxwell Street. Eventually, Honeyboy made Chicago his home, as did the blues we know today. In addition to providing a precious link to the origins of the blues, Honeyboy gives us a unique perspective on American history. You will marvel at his firsthand accounts of plantation life, the 1927 Mississippi River flood, vagrancy laws, makeshift courts in the back of seed stores, the racial problems and economics of southern blacks, and the Depression.