Personally signed by B.B. King directly onto the special limitation page.
B. B. King's numerous honors include an honorary doctorate from Yale
University, a Presidential Medal of the Arts, and fifteen Grammy
Awards. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues
Hall of Fame, and has more than ninety albums and anthologies to his
credit. At age eighty-four, he is still on the road, touring the world.
Easton Press, Norwalk CT. "Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King" Signed First Edition. Leather bound Collector's Edition w/COA. As New, sealed in the original shrink-wrap.
“Charming...honest...transcendent...an eloquent autobiography...It reads like a warm and lengthy conversation with a closefriend. Aficionados of the blues will find plenty to pique their interest, but the book truly shines because of the portrait itpaints of a man who has made kindness and respect a lifelong philosophy.” (Billboard)
“B.B. King is the preeminent living practioner of the blues…Blues All Around Me is a treasure trove of informatino…told with real feeling” (Washinton Post Book World)
“An excellent musical life…dotted with encounters from everyone from Sonny Boy Williamson and Miles Davis to Stevie Ray Vaughn” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
“Candid…heartbreaking…deceptively and disarmingly casual and controversial…King’s book is as self-questioningly honest as any blues song.” (Houston Chronicle)
“B.B.’s life and 50-year career is a precious piece of American history that no one could have told better—except maybe Lucille.” (Vibe)
“An amazing success story…an eminently entertaining tale of a true American hero.” (Austin American-Statesman)
“For almost 50 years, King has let his guitar, Lucille, do the talking. Now the celebrated bluesman tells his own gutsy story.” (Buzz)
“A classy book from a classy man…straightforward, frank, unaffected, and breezy, with many funny, insightful stories and anecdotes.” (Seattle Times)
“King tells his very American success story with the lyricism and leisurely pace of a born storyteller…with warmth and sincerity.” (Rolling Stone)
“This is one of the best recent pop-music bios. King speaks straight from the soul, it seems, just like he plays guitar.” (Booklist)
“Excellent...provocative...King comes off in print not unlike he does in his music: warm and polite, down gome and sophisticated, expressive and tasteful.” (Orlando Sentinel)
“The thrill is never gone.” (USA Today)
B. B. King has the blues running through his blood.
Growing up in the rural poverty of the Mississippi Delta, King first experienced the blues at nine years old, when his mother passed away. The man of the house before the end of his first decade, he used this strife as a source of inspiration and launched one of the most celebrated musical careers in American history.
King has led a remarkable life, and this riveting autobiography dramatizes his whirlwind adventures from the Memphis of the forties to the Moscow of the nineties with unflinching candor and sincerity. But most of all, B.B.'s story is the story of the blues—the evolution from country acoustic to urban electric, the birth and explosion of rock 'n' roll—and B.B.'s own long, but ultimately triumphant, struggle for crossover success, during which he remained unwaveringly true to the music of his heart.
About the Author
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked No. 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list), and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King). King is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows. King continues to appear at 100 shows a year.
Over the years, King has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarists' vocabulary. His economy and phrasing has been a model for thousands of players. King has mixed blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In King's words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."