Been Here and Gone Paperback – 6 Jun 2002
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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