The debut novel of Charles Shaar Murray.
James 'Blue' Moon, the greatest living bluesman, was ten years old when he saw Robert Johnson playing on a street corner. Now, more than seventy years later, he's dying of cancer. His last wish is to reunite his estranged family - his soul-diva daughter Venetia Moon and his grandson, hip-hop mogul Calvin 'Ice Blue' Holland - for one final album. Enter his former protégé, hapless British blues-rock superstar Mick Hudson, who has unfinished business with all three of them, plus a posse of vengeful gangstaz and a mysterious figure with whom Blue struck a deal one dark, bloody night at a haunted crossroads back in his native Mississippi Delta. It's a potent mix of secrets, nightmares and lies, spanning decades and continents. James 'Blue' Moon has one last chance to escape the hellhound on his trail ... if the cancer doesn't get him first.
CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Q Magazine dubbed CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY 'the rock critic's rock critic', whilst the Independent On Sunday lauded him as a 'front-line cultural warrior' and 'the original gunslinger.' His book Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix And Postwar Pop (UK: Faber & Faber 1989, revised 2001; US - as Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix And The Postwar Rock'n'Roll Revolution - St Martins Press 1990) won a Ralph Gleason Music Book Award. Ten years later, his biography of John Lee Hooker - Boogie Man: The Adventures Of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century (UK: Viking; US: St Martins Press) was nominated and short-listed for the same award.
Critical acclaim for Crosstown Traffic:
'The artistry of this book matches that of its subject.'
- Nick Tosches
'Murray's exploration of Hendrix's rtole as a black rocker in a practically all-white musical world is as telling an examination of rock and race, and the tensions behind the sixties peace-and-brotherhood façade, as popular music writing has ever seen. Crosstown Traffic is an important book and, in its range and clarity of thought, an exemplary one.'
- Robert Palmer
'Murray goes so far inside the myth that it disappears.'
- Greil Marcus
'Mouthwatering stuff for any Jimi Hendrix fan.'
- Dave Marsh
Critical acclaim for Boogie Man:
'A magisterial study'
- Time Out
'A pure delight … hilarious, touching and enlightening.'
- Daily Telegraph
- Ed Ward, Mojo
'Finely-honed critical expertise … sparkling perspective … an unerring ear for the humour and poignancy in any given situation.'
- Gavin Martin, Uncut
The Hellhound Sample
Publication date: 01/04/2017
You don't need to go to the crossroads to make a deal with the devil.
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