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Been Here and Gone Paperback – 6 Jun 2002

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  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (6 Jun. 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0413753700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413753700
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,182,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a work of scholarship which is both deeply impressive and highly entertaining! I would recommend this book to anyone with more than a passing interest in American music. Dalton's writing takes the reader back to the Delta in the 1920s and 30s and Chicago in the 50s. Find a copy now!
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Charley Patton mentioning the pyramids and useing the term " celestial "...come on !!!!...if you are a Blues fan it's o.k. but there is nothing here that is new...all rather silly too. Dalton tries to hard to be authentic. Read Paul Oliver's ' The Story of the Blues ' instead or the Honey Boy Edwards bio ' The World Dont Owe Me Nothing ' for the way it really was.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x947507e0) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0xa03ef430) out of 5 stars It's a fictional memoir, not a novel. 7 Mar. 2001
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I've just got to disagree with Malak here. Lighten up, guy; this is a fictional memoir, not a novel. And, it reads just like a memoir of someone who spent a lifetime at the edges of the blues. Met many of the greats, got to know a handful of them well, crossed paths with many others.
It's a fun, historically accurate, and eminently readable history of the blues. A great introduction to the likes of Tommy Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Charie Patton et al. from the Delta, on to Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf in Chicago. Forays into each of the major cities in Blues history: The Delta, Memphis, St. Louis, Los Angeles during WWII, Chicago after the war, even on to England for a brief visit with the white kids who revered these blues heros.
It's a piece of work and a fun read. Sure, if you know a lot about it, or if you've read a good share of what's in the references, it is going to seem shallow. And sometimes it gets a bit silly. But if you only know a bit about blues history and want to know more, this is a readable and fun trek from the delta through Jimi Hendrix. It's a gem.
--olive 6 March 2001
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HASH(0x93a06990) out of 5 stars remember-it's fiction!! 14 Sept. 2000
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This book is a nice read for someone who is not too familiar with blues history. Dalton really took his time with real names and places which almost makes you think this story is true. You can tell he knows a great deal about the south and it's music. But if you want a truely great "memoir of the blues" just pick up "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing: The Life And Times Of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards" or "A Blues Life", the Henry Townsend Autobiography.
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HASH(0x93796b40) out of 5 stars Some Good Fiction ; Some Blues Facts 4 Jan. 2001
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Format: Hardcover
If you know very little about the history of the blues, here is a painless way to get started. This was a good fictional story by the world's "oldest bluesman". Some names and facts about actual blues figures are included. BUT as another reviewer put it "Remember,it's fiction". I do not present myself as an expert on the blues,but have been a fan ,a student,and have known a few great bluesmakers.There were times when reading this book,when I would STOP , and think, well that's not the way it was,and then remember that this book IS fiction. I hope that reading this book will inspire people to read some factual auto/biographies,and to listen to some good blues music.
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HASH(0x93a76360) out of 5 stars An Imaginative Bluesman's Narrative 27 July 2000
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I'm not quite halfway through the book yet, but I'm transported to the dry delta land of the mid-twenties listening to music from the soul. I think this book does a good job easily moving from the stories of Robert Johnson to Charlie Patton to Huddie Ledbetter to Blind Lemon Jefferson while painting a likely fictional tale built on what we do know of these men. It's full of believable dialogue and realistic dialect. Poor, talented, proud, superstitious, curious, wandering souls of gold.
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HASH(0x93f474c8) out of 5 stars went there and loved it 29 Dec. 2000
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A must read book. Coley Williams is a quintessential bluesman. He takes you on an entertaining trip thorough the history of the blues bringing to life many of its great musicians. He feels so real, you want to go out and buy his CD. I only hope we hear more from him in the future. It would make a terrific audio book - maybe read by Morgan Freeman.
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