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Book Title: Feel Like Going Home: Portraits In Blues And Rock'n'Roll|
ISBN 13: 9781841952819
The author of the book: Peter Guralnick
Edition: Canongate Books Ltd.
Date of issue: May 15th 2003
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"One of the finest books ever to appear on the subject of American musicians" (Jon Landau, The Boston Phoenix), this profiles the men who played--indeed created--the blues and early rock 'n' roll: Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, Skip James, Robert Pete Williams, Howlin' Wolf, ,Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, and such colleagues as Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Elvis Presley, and LIttle Richard. In writing about these lives, Peter Guralnick vividly re-creates the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the blues; the northern cities where, later, they were rediscovered; and the studios in Memphis where the blues tradition was carried forward into rockabilly and rock 'n' roll.
""The most emotionally and intellectually satisfying rock book yet to appear." --Robert Christgau, The Village Voice
"A remarkable book." -- Dave March, Creem
"First-class reading." --Blues World
"Peter Guralnick is a national resource. No one writes so penetratingly as he about so wide a range of our indigenous music." -- Nat Hentoff
FEEL LIKE GOING HOME celebrates the building blocks of blues and early rock 'n' roll, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Chess record label. "Brings it back alive better than any book of its kind ever published".--Charles Shaar Murray, NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS. 80 photos.
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Read information about the authorPeter Guralnick is an American music critic, writer on music, and historian of US American popular music, who is also active as an author and screenwriter. He has been married for over 45 years to Alexandra. He has a son and daughter, Jacob and Nina.
Guralnick's first two books, Almost Grown (1964) and Mister Downchild (1967), were short story collections published by Larry Stark, whose small press in Cambridge, Larry Stark Press, was devoted to stories and poems. Mona Dickson, writing in MIT's The Tech (May 13, 1964) gave Almost Grown a favorable review.
After Guralnick graduated from Boston University in 1971 with a master's degree in creative writing, he began writing books chronicling the history of blues, country, rock and roll and soul.
His two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis in 1994, followed by Careless Love in 1999, placed the story of Presley's career into a rise and fall arc. Encompassing more than 1,300 pages (including 1,150 pages of text), the work countered earlier biographies such as Albert Goldman's Elvis from 1981 with an in-depth, scholarly examination of Presley's life and music. Guralnick had previously written on Presley in the The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, starting with the first edition in 1976, said article having been reprinted for each subsequent edition.
Larry Stark Press published Peter Guralnick's second book in 1967. A first edition is currently valued at $200.
In contrast to contemporaries such as Lester Bangs, Ian Penman and Nick Tosches, whose music writings are marked by idiosyncratic, self-referential and highly personal styles, Guralnick's writing is characterized by a colloquial approach that is clean and understated by comparison. In his best passages, he has an ability to simultaneously empathize and remain objective. Writing as a music fan, his enthusiasm powers his writing but doesn't overpower it.
Guralnick wrote the script for A&E's documentary, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, and he also scripted Sam Cooke - Legend, narrated by Jeffrey Wright.