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Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell

by Michael Gray - £14.99  Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2008)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780747565611 | ISBN 10: 0747565619

"No one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell."
(Bob Dylan)
The great pre-war blues musician Blind Willie McTell was one of the most gifted artists of his generation, with an exquisite voice and a sublime talen for the 12-string guitar. Yet he never achieved stardom, and until now little has been written about his extraordinary life.
 
In this odyssey to the American South, Gray evokes the turbulent history of McTell's time and place and peels back the many layers of his compelling, sometimes tragic but ultimately uplifting story.
 
Part biography, part travelogue, part social history, this is an atmospheric, unforgettable tale.
"Gray's wonderful book...brings to light not just an elusive artist but a lost world."
(Observer)
"Not just an authoritative portrait of the great bluesman, but a vivid history of the South... Gray gives brilliantly evocative descriptions of the backwaters he visits and the people he meets. *****"
(Uncut)

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