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Buddy Guy's When I Left Home Book Review

By January 17, 2013

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Buddy Guy's When I Left HomeGuitarist Buddy Guy has long been one of the most popular bluesmen plying his trade over the past couple of decades. The enormous influence that he's had on blues and rock music stretches back to the early 1960s and includes artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck, among many others, who have all taken a cue from Guy's raucous riffs and energetic playing style.

Guy has indeed had a storied career; one only partially revealed by his popular albums like 2008's Skin Deep and 2010's Living Proof. Working with writer David Ritz, who has penned biographies of R&B greats like Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, Guy shares a few tales from his 50+ years in the business in his When I Left Home book. Released in early 2012 - yes, it's taken a while to get around to reading it - Guy's When I Left Home is an intelligent, insightful read with plenty of great stories and more than a little backstage scoop on the blues biz. Check out the Reverend's review of this underrated biography.

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January 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(1) Blues mama says:

Eric Clapton turned me on to blues in my late teens. Yet after a Willie Dixon attack I wanted to hear what Eric was saying; that he was nothing versus Buddy Guy. I realized what a hero Guy is, in so many respects! I only saw Buddy thrice but, seeing him is electric in the shhhh-BOOM scale!! The book was a continuation of his mighty pursuit! My Guy!!

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