Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters


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Back Bay Books
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Robert Gordon is Professor of Theatre and Director of the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, where in 2003 he introduced the first British MA in Musical Theatre for producers and writers and a new BA in Musical Theatre in 2018. He is author of The Purpose of Playing: Modern Acting Theory in Perspective (2006), Harold Pinter's Theatre of Power (2012) and, with Olaf Jubin and Millie Taylor, British Musical Theatre Since 1950 (2016). Edited collections include The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies (2014) and, with Olaf Jubin, The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical (2016). He has acted and directed in South Africa, the UK, Ireland, the USA, Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic. In 2013, he directed the European premiรจre of Kander and Ebb's Steel Pier in Brno, while his musical version of Five Children
and It
with composer Nick Hutson, received a professional workshop in 2015. He is currently engaged as a writer and actor of Shylock Speaks, which premiered in February 2020.


"Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be given to any biography is that on its pages, you feel like you meet the subject.... I leave CAN'T BE SATISFIED feeling like I can smell, touch, and, most important, hear Muddy Waters again."
"Men don't come more masculine than Muddy Waters.... Gordon, whose crisp writting, acute insights, and obvious passion for the music fuels his work, has written a book as large as that man."
"Likely to be the definitive treatment of perhaps the genre's definitive artist, a work of musical biography and history that should have the same durability and relevance that Peter Guralnick's treatments of Elvis Presley have had."
"A brisk account of Waters's journey from the cotton fields of Mississippi to the clubs of Chicago and beyond.... With this entertaining and important book, Robert Gordon has made sure that future generations will never forget the original rolling stone."