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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2010

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    I have my doubts about this book but at the same time, I am looking forward to it at the same time.

    I am looking at this book in 2 different ways. I personally am at a Crossroads(no pun intended towards the iconic Robert Johnson) on whether to get this book or not.
    On one hand, there are barely any book out on the late and great Texas Bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins and I guess now a days, get what you can because not many people write books about such legendary figures such as Lightnin' anymore.
    On the other hand, from what I read on this description, it doesn't seem to speak very highly about my Blues Guitar Hero and in all honesty, if this is the case, keep in mind that Po Lightnin' isn't here to defend himself. Now I know that as a human being, we are not perfect and we all have our faults and excellencies but the truth is, it doesn't sound like Govenar speaks well of Lightnin'. You can have all the countless commentaries of friends, family, lovers, and what have you but to understand the man and his music is something completely different.
    Big difference.
    If people can understand where he is coming from and how he grew up, you'd have the Blues too. I'm not saying I know Lightnin' Hopkins and that's the reason why I don't want to see a man I admire be spoken badly of towards an ignorant public. The fear I have is for some idiot dope who doesn't understand the Blues or the culture to pick up this book and think negatively of Lightnin'. We'll see but as for now, I have a huge debate on getting this book.

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