"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
From the Author
Sharing praise for The World Don't Owe Me Nothing
Helping Honeyboy Edwards tell his story has been the greatest experience of my life, so it has been especially gratifying to see the positive acclaim The World Don't Owe Me Nothing has received. Sing Out! called this book "The most central contribution to blues history." A review in Living Blues said it "makes a bygone era come alive as no book has done before." Blues Access praised it as "A godsend for blues fans. An unflinching portrayal of a bluesman's life." In addition to praise from the blues community, Honeyboy's story has received kudos from historians and sociologists. Multicultural Review stated that "This wonderful oral history, with its in-depth appendices, should be required reading." The Library Journal called it "Essential reading: a seldom-seen look at the social mores of poor, rural Southern African Americans from the Depression through World War II." What do I think? I agree with a Southland Blues reviewer, who said it was "lucky for the blues world, sociologists, and historians that David Honeyboy Edwards told the incredible story of his life and times." I would just add that it was very lucky for me that I was there to hear it.