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Moanin' at midnight : the life and times of Howlin' Wolf

Author: James Segrest; Mark Hoffman
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Howlin' Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice like a raging chainsaw. Half a century after his first hits, his sound still terrifies and inspires.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Segrest, James, 1961-
Moanin' at midnight.
New York : Pantheon Books, c2004
(OCoLC)639397337
Named Person: Howlin' Wolf; Howlin' Wolf
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Segrest; Mark Hoffman
ISBN: 0375422463 9780375422461
OCLC Number: 53130810
Description: xvii, 397 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Poor boy --
Down in the bottom --
Saddle my pony --
How many more years --
House rockin' boogie --
I'm the wolf --
Smokestack lightnin' --
I better go now --
Howlin' for my darling --
Three hundred pounds of joy --
Sittin' on top of the world --
Change my way --
Goin' down slow --
Tail dragger.
Responsibility: James Segrest and Mark Hoffman.
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"Howlin' Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice like a raging chainsaw. Half a century after his first hits, his sound still terrifies and inspires.".

"Born Chester Burnett in 1910, the Wolf survived a grim childhood and hardscrabble youth as a sharecropper in Mississippi. He began his career playing and singing with the first Delta blues stars for two decades in perilous juke joints. He was present at the birth of rock 'n' roll in Memphis, where Sam Phillips - who also discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis - called Wolf his "greatest discovery." He helped develop the sound of electric blues and vied with rival Muddy Waters for the title of king of Chicago blues. He ended his career performing and recording with the world's most famous rock stars. His passion for music kept him performing - despite devastating physical problems - right up to his death in 1976.".

"There's never been a comprehensive biography of the Wolf until now. Moanin' at Midnight is full of information about his mysterious early years, and entertaining stories about his decades at the top, and never-before-seen photographs. It strips away all the myths to reveal - at long last - the real-life triumphs and tragedies of this blues titan."--BOOK JACKET.

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