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Author Topic: Son House Bio at Elderly  (Read 3530 times)

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Offline RobBob

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Son House Bio at Elderly
« on: May 27, 2011, 06:29:18 AM »
This appeared in an email in my in box this morning:

PREACHIN' THE BLUES - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SON HOUSE by Daniel Beaumont
As a young Baptist preacher Eddie "Son" House scorned sinful music until one night in 1927 when the hauntng sound of a bottleneck guitar changed his life. House began singing and playing guitar and within a few short years he was a blues legend. This full-length biography traces a life and career marked not only by musical greatness but also by violence, alcoholism, two marriages, two decades in obscurity, and fianlly a surprising comeback. Hardcover. 224 pp.   
581-6.....$24.95     [Biography]
http://www.elderly.com/books/items/581-6.htm

Offline uncle bud

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011, 07:46:44 AM »
I didn't know it was out already. Jeff Harris is doing an interview with the author on his show this Sunday, at http://www.sundayblues.org.

Offline Stumblin

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 09:58:42 AM »
Neat. I'll wait for the paperback edition though.

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 10:30:43 AM »
Table of Contents from OUP site:

Preface
Chapter 1: The Second Coming of the Son
Chapter 2: "Ramblified"
Chapter 3: "The Blues Blowed My Spirit Away"
Chapter 4: My Black Mama
Chapter 5: Dry Spell Blues
Chapter 6: Jinx Blues
Chapter 7: Eclipse
Chapter 8: "Father of the Folk Blues"
Chapter 9: "He Was Who He Was"
Chapter 10: The Legacy of Son House
Appendix 1: Song Lyrics
Appendix 2: Southold, NY, Police Report
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

Offline MuddyBuddy

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 11:44:28 AM »
Can't wait to get hold of it! Doing a Son House on my upcoming cd this time too. He started me out on the blues when I saw him on tv in 1966....

Cheers
BERT

Offline GhostRider

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 02:04:38 PM »
On Amazon Canada this is $17.52 Cdn, but not available until July 1.

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Offline CF

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2011, 06:01:23 PM »
I didn't know it was out already. Jeff Harris is doing an interview with the author on his show this Sunday, at http://www.sundayblues.org.

Anybody catch this? I had a band practise but caught about the last hour of it & it sounds like this is quite a book with some new info about House that we didn't know about previously . . . including the fact that Son killed (another?) a guy in the 1950s in Long Island! Jeff, please offer this show as a download, the author sounded like he really knew his stuff.
Stand By If You Wanna Hear It Again . . .

Offline jharris

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2011, 07:45:43 PM »
Quote
Anybody catch this? I had a band practise but caught about the last hour of it & it sounds like this is quite a book with some new info about House that we didn't know about previously . . . including the fact that Son killed (another?) a guy in the 1950s in Long Island! Jeff, please offer this show as a download, the author sounded like he really knew his stuff.

I know there's lots of interest in this book on the forum. Dan's a good friend of mine so I've read the book in its various forms over the past couple of years. I may be biased but I think this is a first rate biography and a very compelling story. Here's the link to the full show: http://sundayblues.org/feeds/brb_5.29.mp3. Show notes (mostly drawn from the book) and playlist available at the website.
« Last Edit: May 30, 2011, 02:52:03 PM by jharris »

Offline Gumbo

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2011, 07:13:53 AM »
Sounds like a fine tale in the telling. Great choice of songs too. I'm on my second listen through!

Offline jharris

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 08:46:33 AM »
Just a head's up that there's now a website for the book at: www.preachingtheblues.com. Content is still being rolled out so make sure to check back. In upcoming days the author will post a chapter that did not make it into the book called "Legacy."

Offline jaycee

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 09:27:32 AM »
does anyone know the date that the book is published in the u.k? assuming the the book will be published here of course.
jaycee

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2011, 10:01:07 AM »
does anyone know the date that the book is published in the u.k? assuming the the book will be published here of course.
September, supposedly but you know how such targets may change.  ;)

Offline MuddyBuddy

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2011, 12:24:35 PM »
I live in Sweden and ordered it today here and will have in a few days. It was in stock! I imagine it can be had in the UK now too.

Cheers
BERT

Offline jostber

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2011, 02:58:14 PM »
I live in Sweden and ordered it today here and will have in a few days. It was in stock! I imagine it can be had in the UK now too.

Cheers
BERT

Sounds mighty good! Did you order it from the web?


Offline MuddyBuddy

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Re: Son House Bio at Elderly
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2011, 12:54:49 AM »
Ordered it from the Swedish store ADLIBRIS. They had it in stock.

amazing!

BERT