Guitarist 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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