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3.9 out of 5 stars
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Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes - In Search of Blind Willie McTell
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on 6 March 2008
While this book certainly gives some sort of a picture of dustbowl America in the pre-war years in particular, it is a tedious read.
If, like me, you are someone who skips over the detailed family trees to get to the real subject in biographies, then this is not the book for you. Only after 170 pages did the story get going, largely because of the author's addiction to detail. The result is that Blind Willie barely emerges as a character in his own book, especially since none of the pictures described in the book are included (not in my edition anyway).
There's a good thin book hiding in here. Maybe before the paperback come out, Michael Gray can have another go at it - and put in a few pictures.
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VINE VOICEon 5 August 2007
This is an eye-opening book, which has enriched my understanding and appreciation of Blind Willie McTell and the blues. Only the absence of maps and a family tree - essential given the welter of place names and people mentioned - prevents it getting five stars.
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on 22 March 2010
Michael Gray throws as much light on the blues as he does on Bob Dylan - which is to say none. I can only admire the many hours of research that went in to tracing the family history of BWM but, really, if I want to know about the American Civil War I don't go to Mr Gray. Trying to capture the cultural atmosphere of the South in early 20th century is beyond most writers, and it is certainly beyond Gray. The man's time would be better spent going back through Bob Dylan's bins. He only wrote this book because of Bob Dylan's song about the great man. If you have any money spare buy "The Classic Years 1927-1940 by Blind Willie McTell", and leave Michael Gray to go and get a proper job.
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on 28 May 2015
Excellent.
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