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Lost Highway by Peter Guralnick
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May 11, 2012

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Very conversational book about American blues and country artists- nice article about Howlin' Wolf in his later years. Guralnick is passionate about the artists he chooses to cover and pulls no punches about their lives. Particularly nice bits on the Sun Records label, with pieces on Sam Phillips and Charlie Rich, who was very underrated, in my opinion.

I liked how Phillips, often accused of being cheap, said of many of the artists that left his roster for more money and fame didn't necessarily better their lives, particularly Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Had they stayed, he felt their lives would have been on a more even keel, and they could have all been poor together, but perhaps happier.
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