Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King (Paperback)

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Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King (Paperback)

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“A treasure trove of information…told with real feeling.” —Washington Post Book World

“Charming...honest...transcendent…. It reads like a warm and lengthy conversation with a close friend.” —Billboard

The undisputed king of the blues, B.B. King puts his life into words in a story that spans tragedy, triumph, and everything in between—and he tells it just how he plays it, straight from the heart. A true-to-life tale of overcoming monumental odds to succeed as an artist in an often unfriendly world, Blues All Around Me is also the story of how blues music changed during its migration from the Mississippi Delta to urban areas such as Chicago. Rolling Stone calls B.B.’s memoir a “very American success story [told] with the lyricism and leisurely pace of a born storyteller.”

B. B. King's numerous honors include an honorary doctorate from Yale University, a Presidential Medal of the Arts, and fifteen Grammy Awards. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, and has more than ninety albums and anthologies to his credit. At age eighty-four, he is still on the road, touring the world.



David Ritz is the author of the acclaimed novels The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat. He is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Book of the Year Award. He's also cowritten the memoirs of many celebrities.

Product Details ISBN: 9780062061034
ISBN-10: 0062061038
Publisher: It Books
Publication Date: March 8th, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English

“Charming...honest...transcendent...an eloquent autobiography...It reads like a warm and lengthy conversation with a closefriend. Aficionados of the blues will find plenty to pique their interest, but the book truly shines because of the portrait itpaints of a man who has made kindness and respect a lifelong philosophy.” — Billboard

“B.B. King is the preeminent living practioner of the blues…Blues All Around Me is a treasure trove of informatino…told with real feeling” — Washinton Post Book World

“An excellent musical life…dotted with encounters from everyone from Sonny Boy Williamson and Miles Davis to Stevie Ray Vaughn” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“Candid…heartbreaking…deceptively and disarmingly casual and controversial…King’s book is as self-questioningly honest as any blues song.” — Houston Chronicle

“B.B.’s life and 50-year career is a precious piece of American history that no one could have told better—except maybe Lucille.” — Vibe

“An amazing success story…an eminently entertaining tale of a true American hero.” — Austin American-Statesman

“For almost 50 years, King has let his guitar, Lucille, do the talking. Now the celebrated bluesman tells his own gutsy story.” — Buzz

“A classy book from a classy man…straightforward, frank, unaffected, and breezy, with many funny, insightful stories and anecdotes.” — Seattle Times

“King tells his very American success story with the lyricism and leisurely pace of a born storyteller…with warmth and sincerity.” — Rolling Stone

“This is one of the best recent pop-music bios. King speaks straight from the soul, it seems, just like he plays guitar.” — Booklist

“Excellent...provocative...King comes off in print not unlike he does in his music: warm and polite, down gome and sophisticated, expressive and tasteful.” — Orlando Sentinel

“The thrill is never gone.” — USA Today