I Feel So Good

The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy
Riesman, Bob (Book - 2011)
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A major figure in American blues and folk music, Big Bill Broonzy (1903–1958) left his Arkansas Delta home after World War I, headed north, and became the leading Chicago bluesman of the 1930s. His success came as he fused traditional rural blues with the electrified sound that was beginning to emerge in Chicago. This, however, was just one step in his remarkable journey: Big Bill was constantly reinventing himself, both in reality and in his retellings of it. Bob Riesman’s groundbreaking biography tells the compelling life story of a lost figure from the annals of music history.

I Feel So Good traces Big Bill’s career from his rise as a nationally prominent blues star, including his historic 1938 appearance at Carnegie Hall, to his influential role in the post-World War II folk revival, when he sang about racial injustice alongside Pete Seeger and Studs Terkel. Riesman’s account brings the reader into the jazz clubs and concert halls of Europe, as Big Bill's overseas tours in the 1950s ignited the British blues-rock explosion of the 1960s. Interviews with Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and Ray Davies reveal Broonzy’s profound impact on the British rockers who would follow him and change the course of popular music.

Along the way, Riesman details Big Bill’s complicated and poignant personal saga: he was married three times and became a father at the very end of his life to a child half a world away. He also brings to light Big Bill’s final years, when he first lost his voice, then his life, to cancer, just as his international reputation was reaching its peak. Featuring many rarely seen photos, I Feel So Good will be the definitive account of Big Bill Broonzy’s life and music.

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Follows the life of musician Bill Broonzy who gained fame as a bluesman in 1930s Chicago.

Authors: Riesman, Bob
Statement of Responsibility: Bob Riesman ; foreword by Peter Guralnick ; appreciation by Pete Townshend
Title: I feel so good
the life and times of Big Bill Broonzy
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2011, ©2011
Characteristics: xxv, 324 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Swing low, sweet chariot
My name is William Lee Conley Broonzy
When will i get to be called a man?
Let's go away from here!
"I'm gonna play this guitar tonight from A to Z!"
Serve it to me right
State Street boys
Just a dream
Big Bill and Josh are here to play the blues for you
Preachin' the blues
Blues at midnight
"That's the nicest guy I ever met in my life"
Stranger in a strange land
Nourish yourself on Big Bill
"Be proud of what you are!"
Too many isms
Low light and blue smoke
"A requiem for the blues"
Selected discography
Bill on film
Subject Headings: Blues musicians United States Biography African American musicians Biography Broonzy, Big Bill, 1893-1958
Topical Term: Blues musicians
African American musicians
LCCN: 2010047868
ISBN: 0226717453
Branch Call Number: B Broonzy R
Research Call Number: Sc E 12-268
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