B. B. King: There Is Always One More Time

B. B. King: There Is Always One More Time

by David McGee, B.B. King
     
 

(Book). The Lives in Music series meshes biography with discography. This debut title profiles the legendary King of Blues, B.B. King. An opening essay charts his life from childhood in the Mississippi Delta up to his first studio session. The author then takes an inside look at his distinguished career, album by album, offering a critical appraisal of each recording…  See more details below

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(Book). The Lives in Music series meshes biography with discography. This debut title profiles the legendary King of Blues, B.B. King. An opening essay charts his life from childhood in the Mississippi Delta up to his first studio session. The author then takes an inside look at his distinguished career, album by album, offering a critical appraisal of each recording and a portrait of the making of each album. First-hand interviews with B.B. King, as well as producers, engineers, arrangers, and key musicians, bring these sessions to life and provide readers a context for understanding B.B. King's recordings in light of his career and life events that shaped them. This definitive book also incudes a complete history of every B.B. King session.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
If any one artist embodies the blues for millions of music lovers around the world, it’s B. B. King. As of 2005, the year he turned 80, King was as consistent as ever, touring and recording with undiminished power. No blues artist has had such a long and productive career -- King hasn’t left the road for any extended time since he broke onto the scene in 1951 -- and therein lies the potential problem. The man has made so many albums, touching on so many aspects of the blues, that delving into his voluminous catalog poses a daunting challenge even for blues aficionados. Dave McGee’s comprehensive survey of King’s recording career comes straight to the rescue. An ace music journalist with a deep affection for American roots music, McGee not only examines each of King’s albums, he places King’s artistic career in the context of the blues genre as a whole. In other words, you learn everything you ever wanted to know about B.B., while also getting an introduction to the brilliant work of such influential blues figures as Bukka White, Muddy Waters, and T-Bone Walker, as well as R&B greats including Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, among many others.

Eliciting cogent commentary from such important King collaborators as producers Bill Szymczyk and Stewart Levine, McGee focuses on the details of significant recording sessions, providing a fuller picture of King’s artistic methods than we have ever have had before. A fair and astute critic, McGee acknowledges King’s failures as well as his triumphs. (A concluding “buyer’s guide” nails down McGee’s favorites.) Interspersed with King’s own comments, culled from earlier interviews, There Is Always One More Time opens the door to a monumental recording catalog while also sketching an enlightening portrait of a timeless American musical genius. Steve Futterman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879308438
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.74(d)

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