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Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters

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The epic, rollicking, up-and-down life of Muddy Waters, who went from Mississippi farmhand to musical legend, who invented electric blues and created the template for the rock-and-roll band and its wild lifestyle, is brought into sharp focus in this widely acclaimed biography. photos.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Back Bay Books (first published December 30th 2002)
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Joe
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
If you are a blues fan then Muddy Waters’ name and legacy are easily recognizable. He brought the Mississippi Delta sound to Chicago, electrified it and redefined the genre. Two young British musicians, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, lifted the name of one of Muddy’s songs when they named their newly founded band. Jann Wenner did the same when he started his new magazine in 1967. When Bob Dylan went “electric”, his first song was entitled Like a Rolling Stone. Guitar legends Jimi Hendrix, Eric ...more
Dawn Lennon
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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If you know Muddy Waters, you know the blues. If you listen to The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and countless other voices, you get to hear the influence of Muddy Waters. If you read this book, you get to know the life that informed all the Muddy was and what made him an authentic Delta blues man for his lifetime.

We can read about what it meant to be a Southern black and a sharecropper, but through Muddy Waters we get to hear what it meant, how it becomes part of one's bones, and how
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Mikelkpoet
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I watched / listened to You Tube Muddy Waters videos as I read this book. What an eye opening experience.
Richard Subber
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first book I can remember reading, in the 1950s, was a young adult biography of John Paul Jones.
That doesn’t mean I love biographies. Honestly, I don’t read them much.
My taste in history runs to chronologies, regional and epochal frames of reference, les longues durées of the French Annalistes….
Recently I jumped out of my comfort zone to read Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters. I’m a fan of the blues, and original Delta blues is good times music for me. Muddy Waters and “
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Fernando Troyano
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book. Great story.
Nate
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it. excellent bio of the King of Chicago Blues.
Michael Arden
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Chicago suburbs where I grew up are a long way from the Mississippi Delta. The north suburbs are also in a parallel universe far from the south side of what has been called the most segregated city in America. The country blues of the Deep South played primarily on acoustic instruments came north with the musicians as northern wartime industries expanded and the great migration of African-Americans from the South was at its height during WWII and immediately afterwards. Reflecting the frenet ...more
Jim Angstadt
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
After a summary of the economics of share-cropping, to include one half of the gross to the plantation owner, and the other half, minus all bills, to the share-cropper, maybe the result is positive for the share-cropper, maybe not. The company store may charge unreasonable-high prices. The local plantation script may be intentionally devalued. In other words, the share-cropper gets screwed.

In summary: "Sharecropping - getting less than half of what you've got coming to you - was good training fo
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John Branney
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is well written and an interesting read, even though I struggled getting through the details of the early years.

It was interesting to read about all of the great bluesmen that were influenced by Muddy Waters and actually played in his band, such as Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Junior Wells, and many others. It was heartbreaking to read how many of these pioneers of the blues actually died pretty young and penniless, screwed over by the record
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Kurt
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-south
This was an interesting read. I don't know if I learned a lot about who Muddy Waters was, but I learned a lot of what he did. The author makes a lot of Waters' sharecropping background and the idea that he was subservient to the record companies and didn't really question what he was getting as long as he was taken care of. I know a lot of recording artists have gotten screwed by record companies and it wasn't because they were sharecroppers.

I learned what others thought of Muddy and what he di
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