We are so happy to welcome Daniel back to discuss his newest book! He'll be chatting about the rich history of blues legend B.B. King and his music.
This event will be in person at Sam Miller's - vaccinations and masks are required and we will be maintaining acceptable social distance to keep everyone safe. Snacks are provided and a cash bar will be available during the event.
About the Book:
B.B. King’s iconic career spanned the golden age of modern blues and forever altered the sound of American music, and astonishingly, this musical and cultural legend has been without a full-length and authoritative biography, until now. Journalist Daniel de Visé brings the singer, songwriter, and virtuoso guitarist to thrilling life in KING OF THE BLUES: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King, detailing how King and “Lucille” (as he named his guitar) together left an indelible mark on our cultural heritage.
Riley “Blues Boy” King (1925-2015) was born into deep poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi. Wrenched away from his sharecropper father, B.B. lost his mother at age ten, leaving him more or less alone. Music became his emancipation from exhausting toil in the fields. Inspired by a local minister’s guitar and by the records of Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker, encouraged by his cousin, the established blues man Bukka White, B.B. taught his guitar to sing in the unique solo style that, along with his relentless work ethic and humanity, became his trademark. In turn, generations of artists claimed him as inspiration, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Carlos Santana and the Edge.
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.
About the Author: Daniel de Visé is the author of the critically acclaimed Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show and The Comeback: Greg LeMond, The True King of American Cycling and a Legendary Tour de France, and coauthor of I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and has worked at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other newspapers. He lives in Maryland.