Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes

Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes

In Search of Blind Willie McTell

Book - 2007
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Blind Willie McTell, 1903 - 1959, was one of the most gifted musical artists of his generation, with an exquisite voice and a sublime talent for the twelve-string guitar. As Bob Dylan wrote, 'nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell' - yet his repertoire was infinitely wider than that. Why, then, did he drift in and out of the public eye, being 'rediscovered' time and again through chance meetings; and why, until now, has so little been written about the life of this extraordinary man? Blind from birth, McTell never behaved as if he were handicapped by his lack of sight and he explodes every stereotype about blue musicians. Michael Gray travelled the American South and beyond to unearth the fascinating story of McTell's life - uncovering thes ecrets of his ancestry, the hardships he suffered and the successes he enjoyed at a time when recording contracts didn't lift you out of singing on the street.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2007
Description: xi, 432 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780747565604
Branch Call Number: 782.421643 McT


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