By the time of his loss of life in 1982, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins was once most probably the main recorded blues artist in historical past. This terrific new biography--the first booklet ever written approximately him--illuminates the various contradictions of the guy and his myth.
Born in 1912 to a negative sharecropping kin within the cotton state among Dallas and Houston, Hopkins left domestic whilst he used to be purely 8 years previous with a guitar his brother had given him. He made his dwelling despite the fact that he might, sticking to the open street, enjoying the blues, and taking bizarre jobs whilst funds used to be 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 sequence gang, his relationships with ladies, and his lifelong urge for food for playing and drinking.
Hopkins didn’t start recording until eventually 1946, whilst he used to be 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 attractiveness had all started to wane. A moment occupation emerged--now Lightnin’ was pitched to white audiences, now not black ones, and he turned immensely profitable, making a song approximately his nation roots and injustices that trained the civil rights period with a searing emotive power.
greater than a decade within the making, this biography relies on rankings of interviews with Lightnin’s lover, acquaintances, manufacturers, accompanists, managers, and fans.