The Midnight Special: The Legend of Leadbelly

The Midnight Special The Legend of Leadbelly Introduction by the authors Garvin and Addeo who travelled for months through the places of Leadbelly s past and unearthing the story of his life The legendary Leadbelly wasn t always known only for

  • Title: The Midnight Special: The Legend of Leadbelly
  • Author: Richard M. Garvin Edmond G. Addeo
  • ISBN: 9780870350207
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Introduction by the authors Garvin and Addeo, who travelled for months through the places of Leadbelly s past, and unearthing the story of his life The legendary Leadbelly wasn t always known only for his fabulous twelve string guitar playing He was born Huddie Leadbetter, poor and black in the cottonfields of Louisiana, and grew up hard in the saloons and bawdy housesIntroduction by the authors Garvin and Addeo, who travelled for months through the places of Leadbelly s past, and unearthing the story of his life The legendary Leadbelly wasn t always known only for his fabulous twelve string guitar playing He was born Huddie Leadbetter, poor and black in the cottonfields of Louisiana, and grew up hard in the saloons and bawdy houses of Fannin Street in Shreveport He found trouble, and trouble found him, as he brawled and boozed and whored his late youth away, then found himself in the brutal Angola Prison, and on Texas chaingangs Throughtout it all, his guitar sustained him through the long years in Huntsville and Sugar Land Music at last won him a governor s pardon not once, but twice Somewhere along the way the dirt poor knife wielding, young man became the musical genius who gave the world such classics as The Midnight Special, Irene , and The Rock Island Line In his lifetime, Leadbelly lived hard and mean, and endured unbelievable pain and hardship He saw fame come into his life and watched it leave him behind and forgotten, as he eventually died in poverty, while others profited from thes songs he wrote But no one who saw him or heard his booming guitar and hard driving songs could ever forget him, and the songs are still sung today around the world his genius has even been commemorated with a line in the Tennessee Williams play Orpheus Descending This book tells the true tale of Leadbelly s life and what he went through in life and in music, from picking cotton, to appearing in New York, to being arrested, and everything in between.

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    1. Highly recommended if you want a look into the violent and never dull life of one of the most legendary and influential bluesmen/folk singers. A terrific intro to the roots of these genres.

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