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The Gutbucket King (Kindle Single) by [Yeoman, Barry]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: The New New South (13 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HB848H0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A good, if swift biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful piece of storytelling 19 Dec. 2013
By Matt S. - Published on Amazon.com
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"After a lifetime of struggle, he is at the peak of his career," Barry Yeoman writes near the start of this short e-book, which explores the rise of the bluesman Little Freddie King. And if you're looking to find out how King ascended to that peak, there's no better purchase than "The Gutbucket King." Beautifully-written, deftly-plotted, and alternately tragic and ribald and darkly hilarious, "The Gutbucket King" is the kind of music writing that will stand the test of time. Highly recommended.

Last note: At the risk of inciting the wrath of the Amazon gods, you may be better off purchasing the multimedia version – that way you can listen to Freddie while you read about him.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Longform journalism at its best 29 Dec. 2013
By Catherine Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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The images are indelible: Young Freddie making his first guitar out of a wooden cigar box and a pine board torn from a picket fence. Teenage Freddie crouched, waiting for an open boxcar to make his escape from a brutal and segregated McComb, Mississippi -- what Bob Moses called "the worst part of the most intransigent state" in the South. Little Freddie King on his back, muddy boots up in the air, with clods falling down on a borrowed guitar, as the guitar's owner looked on in consternation and Freddie played "I Believe My Time Ain't Long."
What I love about Barry Yeoman's writing is that it doesn't matter what the subject is (nor how dark it is), what my knowledge level of the subject is, what kind of mood I'm in when I start to read it: I leave Barry's writing feeling enlightened. The Gutbucket King is no exception, with its deep reporting, historical perspective, and heart.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting, gut-wrenching story of a blues master, New Orleans and more 23 Dec. 2013
By Dee Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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I plunked down my $2.99 for this story because Barry Yeoman is an awesome storyteller, reporter and writer, and I am interested in blues music, New Orleans and southern culture. I got way more than my money's worth, got immediatley sucked into the vortex of this compelling story, and had to drop everything to read every last riveting word. As always, Barry packed powerful images and details in every sentence, all of it strenuously reported and researched, to provide the most evocative, powerful story of the blues I've read in a long time. You don't have to have a kindle to read this, you can get a free kindle cloud reader so you can access it on your computer or phone. Do it, you won't regret it for a minute.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting nonfiction about one of the last of the country bluesmen 19 Dec. 2013
By Barry T. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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Barry Yeoman's "The Gutbucket King" is one of the best pieces of nonfiction I've read all year.

This is a profile of country bluesman Little Freddie King, who left McComb, Mississippi as a teen-aged boy for the bright lights of New Orleans; it traces his difficult and disorderly, but ultimately triumphant, life as a working musician in the South during a time of great cultural and social upheaval.

Interviews with other New Orleans musicians and luminaries add context and detail, but the bulk of this story is reported straight from the source, Mr. King.

Highly recommended for music lovers (especially blues fans!), but also for lovers of thoughtful, long-form journalism. Little Freddie King isn't the kind of musician who gets this kind of profile, normally, and that's an awful shame; this story makes me wonder about all the other fascinating biographies that must be out there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Genuine Article 5 Mar. 2014
By Max - Published on Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: I love this man. I see him at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. I ran into him in the French Market last year. He answers my Facebook posts.

I have wondered what his story is and I am glad that this brief bio has been written. Some of it was expected, much of his story was not.

Anyone who is curious about a blues life should read this story, told in a straightforward manner and with the respect due to the story given to the author.

See you in a few weeks at French Quarter Festival, Freddie!
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