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 probably the main recorded blues artist in heritage. This fantastic new biography--the first publication ever written approximately him--illuminates the various contradictions of the fellow and his myth.

            Born in 1912 to a negative sharecropping kinfolk within the cotton kingdom among Dallas and Houston, Hopkins left domestic while he was once merely 8 years previous with a guitar his brother had given him. He made his residing despite the fact that he might, sticking to the open street, enjoying the blues, and taking extraordinary jobs whilst cash was once 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 series gang, his relationships with girls, and his lifelong urge for food for playing and drinking.

            Hopkins didn’t start recording until eventually 1946, while 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 used to be “rediscovered” through Mack McCormick and Sam Charters in 1959, his acceptance had all started to wane. A moment profession emerged--now Lightnin’ was pitched to white audiences, no longer black ones, and he grew to become immensely profitable, making a song approximately his state roots and injustices that expert 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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