Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780226809205 Will Publish October 2021
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The Blues Dream of Billy Boy Arnold

Billy Boy Arnold with Kim Field

The Blues Dream of Billy Boy Arnold

Billy Boy Arnold with Kim Field

288 pages | 57 halftones, 3 line drawings, 1 tables | 6 x 9
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780226809205 Will Publish October 2021
E-book $29.99 ISBN: 9780226809342 Will Publish October 2021
The frank, funny, and unforgettable autobiography of a living legend of Chicago blues.  
 
Simply put, Billy Boy Arnold is one of the last men standing from the Chicago blues scene’s raucous heyday. What’s more, unlike most artists in this electrifying melting pot, who were Southern transplants, Arnold—a harmonica master who shared stages with Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf, plus a singer and hitmaker in his own right who first recorded the standards “I Wish You Would” and “I Ain’t Got You”—was born right here and has lived nowhere else. This makes his perspective on Chicago blues, its players, and its locales all the rarer and all the more valuable. Arnold has witnessed musical generations come and go, from the decline of prewar country blues to the birth of the electric blues and the worldwide spread of rock and roll. Working here in collaboration with writer and fellow musician Kim Field, he gets it all down. The Blues Dream of Billy Boy Arnold is a remarkably clear-eyed testament to more than eighty years of musical love and creation, from Arnold’s adolescent quest to locate the legendary Sonny Boy Williamson, the story of how he named Bo Diddley Bo Diddley, and the ups and downs of his seven-decade recording career. Arnold’s tale—candidly told with humor, insight, and grit—is one that no fan of modern American music can afford to miss.
 
Contents
Preface
Billy Boy Arnold
Introduction
Kim Field
Chapter One: Born in Chicago
Chapter Two: Sonny Boy Williamson
Chapter Three: Billy Boy
Chapter Four: “Juke”
Chapter Five: Bo Diddley
Chapter Six: Bluesman
Chapter Seven: The Blues Breaks Out
Chapter Eight: All around the World
Chapter Nine: My Blues Dream
Acknowledgments
Discography
Index
 
Review Quotes
Eric Clapton, Grammy Award-winning member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
“Billy Boy Arnold’s great Vee-Jay sides were a big influence on me when I was first starting out. The first two singles I ever played on were covers of Billy Boy Arnold tunes that I recorded with the Yardbirds. I'm very happy to see his amazing personal story finally appear in print.”
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