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Fat Man Blues - book review

May 11, 2018

 

I purchased this book a few days ago and really haven't been able to put it down. In fact I was reading it a 3:30 this morning as I couldn't sleep. If you love the delta blues of 1930's America and the bluesmen and women of that era then this book is for you. It takes you to that place and pulls no punches Richard Wall (a British Writer which makes it all the more astounding) uses the language and the cadences of the South to bring the story to life. It is a classic blues story of deals done at crossroads at midnight and rough justice deal out by the local rednecks to the plantation workers and the black musicians scraping a living playing on the streets and in the juke joints - its a high rolling, heavy drinking rip-roaring lifestyle played out to the classic blues music of the likes of Robert Johnson and his contemporaries. A recommended read.

 

Woke up this morning
Looking for a book
Opened up ma Kindle 
Just to take a look

Got the Fat Man Blues
Yeah the Fat Man Blues

Took me to Mississippi 
Read about t' Delta Blues
Met up with Hobo John
Walked a mile in his shoes

Got the Fat Man Blues
Yeah the Fat Man Blues

Foller'd him to t'Yeller Dog
And the other juke joint bars
And all I gotta say
Fat Man Blues is worth five stars

Got the Fat Man Blues
Yeah the Fat Man Blues

 

 

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