King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King

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Price
$30.00  $27.60
Publisher
Grove Press
Publish Date
Pages
496
Dimensions
5.67 X 9.06 X 1.73 inches | 1.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780802158055

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About the Author

Daniel de Visé is the author of the critically acclaimed Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show and The Comeback: Greg LeMond, The True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France, and coauthor of I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and has worked at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other newspapers. He lives in Maryland.

Reviews

Praise for King of the Blues:

"Adds flesh and blood to the standard cultural codification of King as icon. It presents a career full of ambition and a life informed by longing, with triumphs and setbacks, discrimination and canonization."--Houston Chronicle

"As blues royalty and one of the 20th century's most influential musicians, B.B. King has long deserved a well-considered biography that places his achievements in a cultural and historical context. This is it . . . Interweaves tales of American history, pop culture, racial relations, music theory, and much more to fully demonstrate King's significance . . . Magnificent . . . The thrill is here, as B.B. King finally gets his due in this first meticulous account of his historic life."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist De Visé amply demonstrates his masterful storytelling and research skills in this definitive look at legendary blues musician B.B. King . . . An intimate portrait of a cultural luminary . . . Even readers who aren't fans of the blues will be engrossed by this nuanced look at an American icon."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The definitive biography of blues master Riley 'B.B.' King . . . Engaging. The book expertly interweaves King's music career into the U.S. social fabric, especially the civil rights movement. With this fast-moving, informative, evenhanded, and exhaustive biography, de Visé vividly captures King's life."--Library Journal (starred review)

"B.B. King was a marvelous man and an international ambassador for the blues. King of the Blues tells the extraordinary story of his life in great detail, and a wonderful story it is. A fitting tribute to a great artist."--John Landis, director of The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Trading Places, and Michael Jackson's Thriller

"Like hopping onboard B.B.'s tour bus for a ride straight to the heart of the blues. Told me about the B.B. I knew and a few other B.B.s as well. I loved them all."--Shemekia Copeland, three-time Grammy-nominated Alligator Records recording artist

"The name B.B. King now resonates with longevity amongst blues lovers and music enthusiasts alike. With more than six decades of noteworthy expressions of a great American art form, B.B. King's guitar playing and singing hold a strong place with an unmistakable sound of his professional and effervescent personality. Get a head start within these fine pages for an intimate trip with B.B. King's lifetime attachment to creativity. B.B. is truly King of the Blues, oh yeah!"--Billy F. Gibbons, guitarist and singer, ZZ Top

"Mr. de Vis-é meticulously dives deep into why and how young Riley, who graced this planet from a world of extreme complications, was able through his talent, relentless drive and humility, to rise to the deserved title 'King of the Blues.' Get your records out and enjoy the read. I did!!"--Robert Cray, five-time Grammy-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter

"B.B. King, one of the great bluesmen of all time. Can any other person hold one note on the guitar and make it say so much? Daniel de Visé's book on B.B. King is a great read."--Joan Armatrading, three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist

"B.B. King was the stone truth, the man who took down home uptown and, yes, the undisputed king of the blues. This, his first full and authoritative biography, is both right on time and long overdue. Dan de Visé has done a solid for music lovers everywhere."--Leonard Pitts, Jr., Pulitzer prizewinning national columnist and author

"De Visé writes beautifully. His command of narrative is compelling. The level of detail he amassed is awesome."--Charles Sawyer, author of The Arrival of B.B. King: The Authorized Biography

"Extremely thoughtful, thorough and insightful."--David Ritz, biographical collaborator with B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin, and biographer of Marvin Gaye