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Daniel de Visé | King of the Blues (outdoor meet & greet)

King of the Blues presents the vibrant life and times of a trailblazing giant. Witness to dark prejudice and lynching in his youth, B.B. performed incessantly (some 15,000 concerts in 90 countries over nearly 60 years)—in some real way his means of escaping his past. Several of his concerts, including his landmark gig at Chicago’s Cook County Jail, endure in legend to this day. His career roller-coasted between adulation and relegation, but he always rose back up. At the same time, his story reveals the many ways record companies took advantage of artists, especially those of color.

Daniel de Visé has interviewed almost every surviving member of B.B. King’s inner circle—family, band members, retainers, managers, and more—and their voices and memories enrich and enliven the life of this Mississippi blues titan, whom his contemporary Bobby “Blue” Bland simply called “the man.”

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780802158055
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Grove Press - October 5th, 2021

The first full and authoritative biography of an American--indeed a world-wide--musical and cultural legend.

"No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues."--President Barack Obama