I was on holiday to Wales this year. Away from it all, but not quite all. I had to bring something relating to music, and I chose the biography of a man named Chester Burnett, better known as Howlin’ Wolf. I was immediately captured by the description of those hard times in the 1920s. Black people and their children working in the cotton fields. Young Chester abandoned by his mother at an early age, raised by his aunt and abusive uncle. Running away by train in search of his father. And how he worked the mules with his singing voice to break the land.
He learned to play the guitar by Charlie Patton and many more.
All kinds of anekdotes by Howling Wolf, his sisters and blues musicians who ever worked with him back in the days.
A very easy to read and inspiring book about rough times, passion for blues music and how it kept him alive.