By Philip R. Ratcliffe
Publication Date: June 6, 2011
When Mississippi John damage (1892-1966) was once "rediscovered" via blues revivalists in 1963, his musicianship and recordings reworked renowned notions of prewar state blues. At seventy-one he moved to Washington, D.C., from Avalon, Mississippi, and have become a live-wire connection to a robust, genuine previous. His problematic and full of life sort made him the main wanted musician one of many skills the revival dropped at light.
Mississippi John damage presents this mythical creator's lifestyles tale for the 1st time. Biographer Philip Ratcliffe strains Hurt's roots to the instant his mom Mary Jane McCain and his father Isom damage have been free of slavery. Anecdotes from Hurt's early life and teen years comprise the destiny-making second whilst his mom bought his first guitar for $1.50 whilst he used to be merely 9 years outdated. tales from his pals and acquaintances, from either one of his other halves, and from his nuclear family around out the neighborhood photograph of Avalon. U.S. census documents, Hurt's first marriage checklist in 1916, photographs of his first autographed LP checklist, and excerpts from own letters written in his personal hand supply treasures for enthusiasts. Ratcliffe information Hurt's musical impacts and the origins of his type and repertoire. the writer additionally relates quite a few tales from the time of his good fortune, drawing on released resources and lots of hours of interviews with those that knew damage good, together with the past due Jerry Ricks, Pat Sky, Stefan Grossman and Max Ochs, Dick Spottswood, and the past due Mike Stewart. additionally, many of the final images taken of the mythical musician are featured for the 1st time in Mississippi John Hurt.
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The first biography of the blues revival's such a lot influential and actual musician
About the Author
Philip R. Ratcliffe is an self sustaining ecological land-use advisor, a musician, and an ardent blues fan.
Print size: 272 pages
writer: collage Press of Mississippi (June 6, 2011)
Table of Contents:
The early years : from slavery to freedom
the center years, 1929-1962 : go back to Avalon and the depression
Rediscovery and candy success
administration difficulties and the loss of life of Mississippi John Hurt
The legacies of Mississippi John damage .