Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues

Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues

By the time of his dying in 1982, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins was once most likely the main recorded blues artist in heritage. This excellent new biography--the first e-book ever written approximately him--illuminates the various contradictions of the guy and his myth.

            Born in 1912 to a bad sharecropping family members within the cotton kingdom among Dallas and Houston, Hopkins left domestic while he used to be in basic terms 8 years outdated with a guitar his brother had given him. He made his residing notwithstanding he may perhaps, sticking to the open street, taking part in the blues, and taking strange jobs while funds used to be brief. This biography delves into Hopkins’s early years, exploring the myths surrounding his conferences with Blind Lemon Jefferson and Texas Alexander, his time on a sequence gang, his relationships with ladies, and his lifelong urge for food for playing and drinking.

            Hopkins didn’t commence recording till 1946, whilst he was once dubbed “Lightnin’” in the course of his first consultation, and he quickly joined Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker at the nationwide R & B charts. yet by the point he was once “rediscovered” via Mack McCormick and Sam Charters in 1959, his reputation had began to wane. A moment profession emerged--now Lightnin’ was pitched to white audiences, now not black ones, and he grew to become immensely winning, making a song approximately his state roots and injustices that trained the civil rights period with a searing emotive power.

            greater than a decade within the making, this biography is predicated on rankings of interviews with Lightnin’s lover, associates, manufacturers, accompanists, managers, and fans.

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