THE WORLD DON'T OWE ME NOTHING: The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards Paperback – 1 Mar 2000
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"Magnificent! I've been waiting for this book since I was a kid." --Taj Mahal
"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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Honeyboy's book was good but it rambles a bit and he repeats himself a lot. A bit like sitting listening to a 90-odd year-old person recount their youth. This is exactly what the book is - the story told in his own words, grammar, etc. It does add a certain charm but really there is only so many stories about how many ida mae's he shagged in 1934 you need! 'Can't be satisfied' is a way better book, benefiting from being written by an author with better quality assurance. It has more detail on the music and brings the characters, and the era, to life better somehow.
In all a ascinating look at the blues scene in the 1930 - 1960s and an introduction to the main players. It details the hardship and desperation of the times and how these men and women lifted their spirits and scraped slightly above the poverty line (briefly) by playing their blues.
am going to get the howling wolf book next.
Honeyboy's tales gives the reader his firsthand accounts of plantation life, the 1927 Mississippi River flood, vagrancy laws, makeshift courts, the racial problem and economics of southern blacks and the Depression.
This book came about because of the stories that Honeyboy told his manager of 25 years, Michael Robert Frank, who is also the founder of Earwig Records and Janis Martinson, a freelance writer. Martinson did the transcribing and left Honeyboy's speech patterns intact. My friend, Travis Brown is from Tennessee and after reading this book remarked that reading the words of Honeyboy took him back "home". Martinson also did the research and wrote the three appendices that appear in the back of the book. Want to find out what the "killin' floor" is (was) than buy this book.
Earwig has also issued a CD with the same title, I had that CD and Robert Johnson's in my changer while I read the book, they provided the perfect soundtrack to the theater of the mind.
Tony Houston, 1999
If you want a taste of life in the Deep South (without actually going) then read this book.
No chest beating woe is me from this guy, just telling like it is,with a touch of humour that comes from living life.
An absolute gem. I love it, one of those books you don't want to get to the end of.
Boogie chillun, to coin a phrase from somewhere
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read giving a real feeling for the times and places described.
The language takes you into the soul of these bluesmen even if blues is not your taste in music. Read more
If you have heard Dave Honeyboy Edwards in an interview, then you can hear Honeyboy telling his story as the authors have remarkably kept the stories just as Honeyboy told it to... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2009 by G. Wraith
I bought this book as i wanted to gain a background knowledge to Honeyboy as I was going to see him live in Manchester this year. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2007 by A. G. Ford