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on 5 August 2013
Mississippi John Hurt did it for me in the sixties when I bought a secondhand "Today" vinyl LP. So to read this biography is brilliant. My only negative comment is that it is so full of facts it is sometimes difficult to read (at bedtime when you are tired) and remember who everyone is. Essential reading though and you get a real 'feel' of the two eras when his music was recorded (1920s and 1960s). Nicely presented book as well, with interesting photos.
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on 15 October 2014
There is a lot of details in this book that does get a bit hard to take in and a couple of the reproduced maps you need a magnifying glass to read. Overall it gives a very good insight into the life and times of MJT and for me being an englishman I find it hard to come to terms with the segregation that was inflicted on black people by government and locals. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into trying to get more background information about this great bluesman.
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on 9 June 2012
This quite excellent book has been very well researched and tells in much detail the life of one of the great musicians of the last century.

The tale of his rediscovery, with its bittersweet results is very well documented.

The book is also excellently placed in its historical context. For anyone interested in Hurt's music and the realities of the rediscovery of legends like him and Son House, this book is an absolute must..
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on 7 May 2015
This is a well-researched and thorough book. However, if you are expecting an in-depth biography of Mississippi John Hurt, with a focus on his music, then you are going to be disappointed. There is a huge amount of "background" information presented which tends to dominate large parts of the book. If you are into facts, figures and statistics and explanations of social, cultural and race issues then you'll be satisfied. A certain amount of this is necessary to set John's story in context but I feel that it goes a bit too far. I think that anyone wanting to buy this book will do so to find out about the man and his music. The latter part of the book is much more reader friendly in terms of learning about his music after his re-discovery in the 1960's but the earlier part of the book is a very "academic" read and will certainly put-off many readers. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book and it was informative but it was hard work and I had to be disciplined to prevent myself from skipping pages of text to get to the sections dealing with John's music. Overall, I think this book is excellent but a bit too scholarly in it's approach.
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on 13 January 2014
Bought as a gift. Recipient said content fascinating and would recommend to someone interested in early 20th century American blues.
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on 29 September 2011
Buy this book now this is a must for all blues fans and people who are into music and guitars as well as covering the history of his life great book high quality finish thanks
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