Incurable Blues: The Troubles and Triumph of Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin

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(Book). Incurable Blues explores the life and genius of Hubert Sumlin, a highly influential guitarist who has survived cancer, alcoholism, and personal and professional tribulations to testify to the classic days of Chicago blues. Sumlin's incendiary guitar playing is heard on most of Howlin' Wolf's classic Chess sides. Sumlin's pick-less playing has inspired countless blues-rock luminaries. Author Will Romano places Hubert's playing and performing style in context, showing how it formed the basis of blues rock and rock n roll and how it bridges

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Overview

(Book). Incurable Blues explores the life and genius of Hubert Sumlin, a highly influential guitarist who has survived cancer, alcoholism, and personal and professional tribulations to testify to the classic days of Chicago blues. Sumlin's incendiary guitar playing is heard on most of Howlin' Wolf's classic Chess sides. Sumlin's pick-less playing has inspired countless blues-rock luminaries. Author Will Romano places Hubert's playing and performing style in context, showing how it formed the basis of blues rock and rock n roll and how it bridges the gap between African folk; the work of early masters like Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and Peetie Wheatstraw; the revisionist British invasion guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards; and the modern-era blues styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879308339
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,177,693
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
Chapter 1 Birth of a Mythical Bluesman 1
Chapter 2 Father and Son 33
Chapter 3 More Than a Sideman 51
Chapter 4 Goin' Solo 71
Chapter 5 "Wolf Dead?...You Dead!" 107
Chapter 6 A Dream in Blues 143
Chapter 7 Milwaukee: Salvation...Retreat...Despair 161
Chapter 8 I Ain't Through Yet 183
Coda: Healing Feeling 207
An Annotated, Selected Hubert Sumlin Discography 223
Selected Bibliography 241
Acknowledgments 251
About the Author 255
Photo Credits 257
Index 258
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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Worth the Read for hard core Blues addicts

    The Author does his best to tell about the life of a person who seemed to like to be with his guitar than with some people. Much is told of Hubert's time with Howlin' Wolf and the vast array of blues musicians of the 50's, 60's, and beyond that he played with. Guitarist should enjoy this book!

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