Raisin' Cain

Raisin' Cain

The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter

Book - 2010
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Author Mary Lou Sullivan sat with Johnny Winter for hours of exclusive, no-holds-barred interviews, covering the guitar slinger's entire career. From toughing it out in Texas to his appearance at Woodstock, his affair with Janis Joplin, his stadium-filling tours, and washing out on drugs and the temptations of the road before finally fulfilling his dream of becoming a 100-percent pure bluesman, resurrecting the career of Muddy Waters, and winning a Grammy Award for his effort, this is a raucous roller coaster of story.
Publisher: New York : Backbeat Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780879309732
Branch Call Number: B WINTER
Characteristics: xix, 362 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 23 cm


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Jun 19, 2012

This amazing book was made with the full cooperation of its subject. If you love Johnny Winters' music... yeah! /// On the one hand, this is a sad story of music-biz exploitation and codependency; the consequences of his drug addiction; the rigors and anxiety of stardom; and the tough but few compromises he ever made along the way. /// It is nevertheless colorful and inspiring, from one so singularly dedicated to the cause and mastery of the blues. Johnny Winter added incalculably to the oeuvre of this most American idiom. His musical accomplishments, his toughness and the engrossing story of overcoming the hardships of albinism are inspiring. /// Although he arguably had a libertine attitude towards women, he never made excuses for himself. You get the sense that, unlike so many countless posers and peers, at least he walked it like he talked it. After reading this, you'll listen to his lyrics with new ears. The swagger and braggadocio of the blues always invites speculation - he puts a new twist on it! /// He is to be commended for his unvarnished honesty and humility; as is the author for getting this important story so lovingly told. Wonderful! It puts to shame so many other self-serving music biographies. Definitely the real deal; something we all can relate to.


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