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Professor King does an excellent job in deconstructing the blues message, which deflects inquiry into just how poorly the now-venerated "classic" [and mostly deceased] blues musicians were treated in their lifetimes, being poorly paid and kept in perpetual debt by the sharecropper system, denied health care, and frequently buried in unmarked graves. Blues fans believing they know blues history will be surprised by the fabrications and half-truths associated with the genre, as uncovered by semiotic analysis of the many code words, metaphors, similes, and folk tales that have become part of blues tourism culture.
--New York Journal of Books
It sounds like a heavy duty topic, and only of interest to academics, historians, anthropologists and anyone keen on Mississippi. I thought that before I got stuck in too, but it should be read by anyone with a love of music and music history. Blues fans should stick on a Robert Johnson album, pour themselves a large JD and ice, sit down with the thought-provoking little gem and make their own mind up. There have always been three Kings when it comes to the blues: Albert, Freddie and BB. Now there are four. Good job Prof.---Blues & Soul
"His chapters on the history of blues and the history of blues tourism in the Mississippi Delta are grounded in solid scholarship. Paradoxes and ambiguities inherent in the blues are especially evident within this history.... King's book is a good one. His writing conveys the deep understanding of a talented writer and scholar, who clearly understands the blues and appreciates its history in Mississippi."---Gregory Hansen, Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies