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by Keith Richards,Robert Gordon

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  • ISBN 0712639993
  • ISBN13 978-0712639996
  • Language English
  • Author Keith Richards,Robert Gordon
  • Publisher Pimlico; Revised edition (June 5, 2003)
  • Pages 432
  • Formats mbr rtf txt mobi
  • Category Photography
  • Subcategory Music
  • Size ePub 1927 kb
  • Size Fb2 1400 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 251

Muddy Waters bestrides American music like a colossus. He invented electric blues and created the foundation for rock and roll. Leaving behind the cotton fields of rural Mississippi, he moved to Chicago, plugged in an electric guitar and changed the world. In Can't be Satisfied, Robert Gordon gives us Muddy's epic, rollicking, up and down life as we've never read it before. Combining the most extensive research and interviews ever done on Muddy with a writing style as rich, poetic and powerful as the music he writes about, Gordon transports us: we are alongside Muddy in the cotton fields as he is discovered by Alan Lomax; we are on the South Side of Chicago as Muddy and his band become stars and innovators; and we follow Muddy through scores of women, hits, bottles of booze and moments of divine grace. A must for blues and rock fans, Can't be Satisfied is a brilliant work of musical archaeology.

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Muddy Waters, like many of his contemporaries had a tough life which started as a plantation worker who had a way with the guitar. Moreover like other blues greats he was ripped off by publishing companies with contracts that took blatant advantage of his illiteracy. However unlike other players like Jimmy Reed (whose family had to settle the disputes with publishing companies after his death), Muddy was proactive after hiring his trustworthy manager Scott Cameron. He, like Son House was first recorded by Alan Lomax on his exploratory ventures through the Delta to record black music for the Library of Congress. Those field recordings and the interviews are an absolute treat to hear for any Muddy fan. This book is very well written, copiously researched and the end notes are a pleasure to read simply because of the granularity they delve into. Robert Gordon also writes a detailed review of all major albums and includes a section about how to go about buying Muddy's music. It is amazing how these field workers (Muddy, BB King, Wolf, Jimmy Reed etc.) found fame and found their own ways of dealing with it. For Muddy, it was women, especially the extremely young sort while he stayed clear of excessive drinking like some of his equals. On a doctor's advice, he even gave up smoking completely towards the last few years. This book is a must for any blues fan and Gordon's bibliography includes some gems and one must laud his effort to put in literary recommendations for the blues fan.
There was so much more to my favorited blues man than I had ever heard about until reading this excellent book by Robert Gordon.

It was most interesting to learn of Muddy's never-ending effort to rise to the top of his profession while still dealing with some serious personal issues. Although not a musician, I would have appreciated knowing him in person.

I have even more respect for the master of the blues now.
A good read! Covered life in the South and Chicago very well. Being from Chicago and loving the Muddy, I am very glad I own this book. If you enjoy the blues and are interested how one of the greatest ever got his start and lived his life for the genre-buy this book!
Mmephis writer Robert Gordon has written a gem of blues biography of the legendary Muddy Waters tracing his background in the delta through his emergence as the King of the Chicago blues scene in the fifties to the up and down fortunes of his career as musical tastes shifted and as his music reached new audiences until his death almost two decades ago. Gordon intergates materials from the interviews that Muddy did for various specialist publications (like DownBeat, Living Blues) with his own interviews and other material from Muddy's relatives, bandmembers, managers and others for a book that is one of the better recent musical biographies I have read.
Muddy and his music is brought to life. Unlike the other Muddy biography, Gordon provides some blood and flesh to Muddy as opposed to rendering him simply as some legendary icon and also brings the music to life along with some thoughtful commentary on the music.
Anyone seriously into blues will need to have this. This books sets a high standard for biographies on Little Walter and Elmore james that are scheduled to be issued in the upcoming months
Gordon did his homework in writing this book, and I was glad to see that he tried to grasp Muddy as a man, not just as a music icon or a stereotypical rags-to-riches story. I feel as though I was given a full look at Muddy Waters, warts and all.

The one problem I have with the book is the writing style. The endless grand similes were brutal; I found myself wincing at some of them. I suppose the self-indulgent, flowery style fits the idea of writing about an artistic subject, but the similes seemed like a crutch. "Show, don't tell" is one of a writer's best adages. Grand similes, to me, scream "shortcut." Like a rusty dagger thrust between two ribs, then twisted so that the oxidized edge of the blade could be felt grabbing flesh and grinding against moist bone, it bugged me.

That one criticism aside, I, as an amateur historian, author, and blues musician, applaud Mr. Gordon's efforts and highly recommend that you read this book to understand one of the key people in American music.
The book gives some insight into Muddy's personality as well as ample facts about his career. Appended materials include reviews of every release plus extensive notes from interviews. As a long time fan of Muddy Waters, I never knew he was illiterate and largely unaware of his impact on the music world. Apparently he regarded performing his music as strictly business, and he often allowed himself to be manipulated by others. Still, he created Chicago blues and left behind some great music. Racism probably kept him from being a super star in his own time, but he introduced lots of us white kids to a new type of music with much more appeal than the usual top twenty.
What an amazing adventure--that is, the life of Muddy Waters. He was the true bridge between acoustic blues and electric. And his debtors (Clapton, Dylan and dozens of others) are a long line. The book is savvy, hip and well written. It's a must-own if you love this music.
Personally enjoyed it more than I’d expected to!