I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues

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Skip James (1902 1969) was perhaps the most creative and idiosyncratic of all blues musicians. Drawing on hundreds of hours of conversations with James himself, Stephen Calt here paints a dark and unforgettable portrait of a man untroubled by his own murderous inclinations, a man who achieved one moment of transcendent greatness in a life haunted by failure. And in doing so, Calt offers new insights into the nature of the blues, the world in which it thrived, and its fate when that world vanished."

I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues 2008, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9781556527463

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