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Blues from Laurel Canyon: My Life as a Bluesman

Blues from Laurel Canyon: My Life as a Bluesman

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By John Mayall, with Joel McIver

John Mayall's story is like no other in the annals of rock and blues. Born in the UK in 1933, he laid the foundations of British blues, nurtured a generation of future superstars and then took the music back to the land of its birth.

This extraordinary autobiography offers a vivid glimpse of Britain well before the rock revolution of the sixties, at a time when young men like John found themselves conscripted for national service that, in his case, included eighteen months in Korea. What followed when he returned was an odyssey of musical trail-blazing.

From Manchester to Laurel Canyon and many points in between, John's account of his long life is both affectionate and compelling - a guided tour through more than sixty years of the music business and its stars, brought to vivid life by one of its undisputed pioneers.

'Engrossing account of a British blues pioneer’
Morning Star

'... an essential purchase for both newcomers and longtime fans, not least for the donkey-work of veteran music author Joel McIver in focussing on the essentials of not only John’s factual account of his life, but ‘sensations and emotions’ felt’ 
Ugly Things

'Mayall's wild journey from his WWII-era childhood to his 2016 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. And what a journey it's been'
Guitar World 

'The blues legend's autobiography is a very easy - and truly fascinating - read. A thoroughly absorbing first-hand account by the most central of figures.'
The Beat

'Mayall's anecdote-filled autobiography rattles along at great pace and offers an intriguing insight' 
Long live Vinyl

'Hugely influential musician sets the record straight. An engrossing, candid account of a unique life in music'
Record Collector

Publication Date: 03.10.19
ISBN: 9781785581786
336 pages

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