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THE WORLD DON'T OWE ME NOTHING: The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards Paperback – 1 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556523688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556523687
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"
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"Magnificent! I ve been waiting for this book since I was a kid." Taj Mahal
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"The most central contribution to blues history." " Boston Globe"
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"A deeply moving memoir...one of the last true country blues musicians...[a]story of a troubadour and of survival." Studs Terkel
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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.

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Bought this book after going to a blues gig and seeing someone who knew him. Also got 'Can't be satisfied' biography of muddy waters at the same time.

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.
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What a life! 82 years old Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards is one last Bluesmen alive that knew Robert Johnson but that is not the basis of the book. Edwards has lived a life that makes anyone really understand what the Blues is all about and other bluesmen back in the 1930's and 40's who shaped blues music.
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
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What a life Honeyboy has led.Like so many other bluesmen,he has travelled so far in experiences and miles From a childhood that sounds like something Mark Twain would have written about, his association with and travelling companion to people who seem like characters from another age,larger than life, which I suppose some of them were.
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
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Janis Martinson should be congratulated on a remarkable achievement. She has woven seamlessly Honeyboy Edwards' recollections and ruminations into a deeply affecting but wholly unsentimental account of his life and his career. What emerges are a beautiful portrait of an extraordinary man, an informative history of blues music, a subtle indictment of racism and injustice, and a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in blues, history, biography or just a good story.
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