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Highway 61

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Long-distance father William McKeen watched his son grow up during summers, holidays, and long weekends. Now, with Graham in college, the two take a summer road trip down Highway 61, the legendary road of the blues, from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. In cheap motels and smoky bars, with obscure bluesmen and barnstorming guitar heroes, they discover how the hig ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published March 2003)
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Dec 09, 2010 Dave rated it liked it
Journalism/English (I forgot) professor William McKeen turns excursionist in a road trip he takes with his college-aged son. It centers around their mutual love for music, more specifically blues, and Bob Dylan's poetic wax. The idea was to start in Thunder Bay, Ontario and end in New Orleans traversing the entire length of Highway 61, made famous in song by Dylan himself. Along the way they pass through Hibbing, Minnesota, boyhood home of Bob Dylan, several Mississippi River towns and a barrage ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it
1 point for a road trip
1 for visiting musicians homes (Bob Dylan was born here)
1 point for visiting a graveyard (3 for Robert Johnson)
1 point for a Ashley Judd crush
1 point for talking about Blueberry Hill restaurant in St Louis
Jan 14, 2012 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Great father and son road trip story--
Oct 19, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Warm, Touching,Funny. Great Read
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A history lesson on rock 'n roll & the blues in mid-America.
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A great bonding story.
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Author of Mile Marker Zero, Outlaw Journalist, Highway 61, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay and several other books, William McKeen teaches at Boston University and chairs its department of journalism. He lives on the rocky coast of Cohasset, Massachusetts.
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