Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rollin’ and Tumblin’, The Postwar Blues Guitarists

This book is a cool compilation of articles on some of the giants of the blues, mostly taken from the pages of Guitar Player magazine. Some of the stories attempt to cover the artists’ careers, while others highlight a current event, such as Muddy Waters’ “comeback” albums from the 70’s (and even that one still talks about his earlier days). Included are big names such as Waters, John Lee Hooker, the three Kings – BB, Albert and Freddie – Buddy Guy, Elmore James, etc. But, there are many interviews with somewhat lesser-knowns, such as Jimmy Rogers, Saunders King, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightin’ Hopkins, Gatemouth Brown and more.

Especially interesting are the combined interviews at the end of the book, where the authors managed to corral BB & John Lee, Muddy and Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy & John Lee and Otis Rush and Buddy and had each couple reminisce about their times together, their love for the blues and each others’ work.

Very enlightening and entertaining and a great place to learn about many of the most important names in electric blues!