The Music and Mythocracy of Col. Bruce Hampton: A Basically True Biography

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University of Georgia Press
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7.7 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

JERRY GRILLO is a longtime journalist whose work has appeared in Georgia Trend, Atlanta Magazine, Paste Magazine, Newsday, and, among other publications. Grillo has won numerous writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Atlanta Press Club, the Magazine Association of the Southeast and the Georgia Press Association.


It's such a joy to read a book when the author loves and understands the subject inside and out. Jerry Grillo completely loves and understands the magic, the talent, and the importance of Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. You'll disappear into Bruce's world in this book, and you may not want to come out.--Billy Bob Thornton
My friend Jerry Grillo got to know Bruce well, and I'm so glad he wrote this book about our friend. Bruce's legacy is properly documented here in detail, and with respect, admiration, and love. I know you will enjoy this ride with one of the most interesting and influential talents ever to emerge from the South.--Chuck Leavell, from the foreword
Jerry Grillo did it! No matter what you think you may know about Col. Bruce Hampton, there are treasures here to unfold. From his birth, through his final performance, these amazing stories are all interconnected with a brilliance of intent that I'm sure Bruce would enjoy. Grillo's love for Bruce, coupled with his immense and compassionate writing skills, captures what I never thought could be captured about a man I loved beyond words, and miss with my every breath. This book is a true gift to those of us blessed enough to have made eye contact with this amazing being, musician, artist, poet, visionary, actor, and friend. You will not be disappointed!--Jeff Mosier, Atlanta musician
I first met Bruce Hampton (in this lifetime) as label mates at Landslide Records. Through Jerry Grillo's writing, I was able to meet him all over again. The stories here are humorous and blessed reminders that after leaving this earth, Bruce lives on in the hearts and lives of others--so many others--close friends, and those luckily rocked by his wake. I'm so grateful for this biography--it's brimming with 'wake.'--John Bell, founding member/ lead singer/ rhythm guitarist, Widespread Panic
Thanks so much for telling the whole story! Great read!--Jimmy Herring, lead guitarist for Widespread Panic and founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit