Rock Mr Blues (Signed copy)
The Life & Music of Wynonie Harris, signed by Tony Collins
First edition. Paperback. 22.5 x18cm, 179pp.
This copy has been signed and dedicated to the title page by Tony Collins.
He was called simply "Mr Blues", and nobody rocked the blues any harder than Wynonie Harris. In an era of great urban blues shouters like Jimmy Rushing, Roy Brown, and Big Joe Turner, few embodied that term more accurately or compellingly than the man whose outrageous, hard-drinking, hard-loving lifestyle was mirrored in his many record hits for the King label like "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Bloodshot Eyes", and "Grandma Plays the Numbers", as well as his on-stage antics at venues like Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre and Baby Grand Club. Researcher Tony Collins has delved deeply into the life and music of Wynonie Harris, interviewing dozens of Wynonie's friends, family and associates, to bring the reader an intimate biography of a Rhythm and Blues pioneer as well as one of its biggest stars. Tracing Harris's career from the black entertainment meccas of Omaha, Nebraska in the late 1930s, Los Angeles and the Bay Area in the 1940s, and New York City in the late '40s and early '50s, the book sheds new light on developments in American music from the heyday of the big swing bands to the advent of Rock'n'Roll. Illustrated with photographs (some never before published), Rock Mr Blues provides a richly detailed portrait of a larger-than-life character, one of whom people would either love or hate, but never ignore."
This copy is in very good condition.