When I Left Home
My StoryBook - 2012
A great blues guitarist chronicles his eventful life, from his modest upbringing in rural Louisiana to his rise to prominence in the Chicago blues scene to his becoming a lasting influence on Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many others.
Guy’s epic story stands at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to Chicago from rural Louisiana in the fifties?the very moment when urban blues were electrifying our culture. He was a regular session player at Chess Records. Willie Dixon was his mentor. He was a sideman in the bands of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He and Junior Wells formed a band of their own. In the sixties, he became a recording star in his own right.
When I Left Home tells Guy’s picaresque story in his own unique voice, that of a storyteller who remembers everything, including blues masters in their prime and the exploding, evolving culture of music that happened all around him.
Chicago-style blues guitarist Buddy Guy, now 75 years old, was the son of sharecroppers in the Deep South. He taught himself how to play guitar and left for Chicago in 1957 at age 21. In his own voice, he describes milestones in his career such as playing alongside blues greats Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, the transition to electric blues, and concerts with the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead in the 1960s. The book includes a selected discography and b&w photos from personal collections. Coauthor David Ritz has helped other musicians write their autobiographies Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A great blues guitarist chronicles his eventful life, from his modest upbringing in rural Louisiana to his rise to prominence in the Chicago blues scene to his becoming a lasting influence on famous musicians.