When I Left Home

When I Left Home

My Story

Book - 2012
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An enormous influence on Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, Guy is the living embodiment of Chicago blues. He is also a picaresque storyteller who remembers blues masters in their prime and the exploding culture of music
Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, c2012
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306819575
Branch Call Number: 787.8716 Guy
Characteristics: xiii, 280 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ritz, David


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Nov 20, 2014

Buddy Guy’s autobiography, When I Left Home, reads like butter and honey melting over hot cornbread. It has the sensuality of acoustic blues from the front porch of a Louisiana sharecropper shack on a flat top guitar with only two strings. That’s how Buddy Guy began his blues career learning John Lee Hooker’s “Boogey Chillen”.

Indeed, Guy’s story is the story of the blues. From his earliest performance inspiration, Guitar Slim, through his mentors and partners, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Wells, and the British rockers such as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton who trace their roots to the Chicago Blues. Guy’s story is firmly rooted in all the blues that came before him and nourishes all the blues that came after him.

Guy opens his autobiography through the food he learned on the farm and continues into his urban life in Chicago. “It’s not I think good food’s gonna let me live forever; it’s just that good food, like good blues, makes life better. It ain’t phony. It comes from nature. It nourishes and satisfies your hunger for something real.” And that’s exactly what this book does.

Aug 06, 2013

Quick, easy, engaging read, interesting even for those who would not consider themselves music aficionados. Nice that it's written in Buddy Guy's "voice". Found myself reading countless anecdotes out loud on my way through - and was not told to be quiet! Fascinating - especially how he got his first guitar, second guitar, third guitar.... Sad that he and so many other blues greats never got properly compensated for sharing their talent. A few bits made me a little queasy: the rampant cheating on the women, and the times some of the men had no compunction about punching a woman in the face or otherwise beating her up. Still, these were side notes in an otherwise very enjoyable memoir. Makes me want to visit Buddy's blues club, Legends. If I ever get to Chicago....

ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2013

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Mar 01, 2013

If you like the Blues you will want to read this book. Buddy shares his life as a musician and all the legendary blues men and women he met and worked with during his lifetime with the reader. All the greats are here. Truly a gifted performer, Buddy Guy gives credit to all the people (most of them gone now) that had an influence on his music by sharing many amusing and at times hilarious anecdotes about life on the road as a Chicago based blues man. After you read his book you appreciate how humble Buddy truly is. He had lived an incredible life and we are fortunate enough to have him share some of it with us. There is not doubt in my mind this interesting book
could have been much longer.

Aug 10, 2012

Great read. Love it from beginning to end. Thanks Buddy!
Hope to see you again at Hamilton Place this spring 2013!!

rowanquincy Jul 04, 2012

Told his story starting as a sharecropper's son. Loved the detail in this book. A quick read.


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