The definitive biography of the musical giant who became a titan in the blues pantheon
One of the greatest artists the blues ever produced, Howlin' Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice that captured all the pain of growing up black and poor in Jim Crow Mississippi. Half a century after his first hits, his sound still terrifies and inspires. Wolf began his career singing with the first Delta blues stars, was present at the birth of rock 'n' roll in Memphis, and vied with rival Muddy Waters for the title of king of Chicago blues.
This new and revised edition is full of harrowing anecdotes about his early years, entertaining stories about his decades at the top, and never-before-seen photographs of the artist onstage. An essential volume for Wolf's legions of fans, lovers of blues, and anyone interested in the history of American music.
"He was one of a kind. Nobody I heard before him or after him has had that fantastic delivery-that certain something in his voice that seemed like a sword that'd pierce your soul when he'd sing. Wolf was already a great singer and musician when I first met him. To my mind, he's one of the greatest ever. We'll never see another like him."
-From the introduction by B. B. King
"Talk about best-kept secrets! There are no rumors in this book-not a one. It says everything there is to say about the Wolf. I've been looking for this one for a long, long time."
"Things folks have done in the dark are going to come out in the light. Nobody else has ever dug up what these guys have found-and it's right."