Charles Sawyer, with his amazing B.B. King biography!

cover art for B.B. King: From Indianola to Icon: A Personal Odyssey with the "King of the Blues"Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, 6:30 pm

Concord native Charles Sawyer returns to present his recently-published book of photographs and memories of B.B. King, B.B. King: From Indianola to Icon: A Personal Odyssey with the "King of the Blues"!

BB King sold out the Capitol Center for the Arts every time he came through Concord, and we're certain that blues guitar lovers will love this book, which documents a great American story, that of B.B. King, the "King of the Blues," and one of America's most important popular musicians. With fascinating images and history--most published for the first time--it traces his migration from the Chitlin' Circuit (the national network of Black theaters and roadhouses), to Club Ebony in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, and eventually to Carnegie Hall. What was it about Riley B. King that enabled him to become the worldwide "King of the Blues"? The author's quest to answer that question is chronicled here and tells the story of the once-impossible friendship between someone who grew up poor and Black in Mississippi and the white middle-class New Englander who fell in love with the blues and was determined to tell the story of his musical hero. King thrilled his audiences not only with his musical prowess, but with his capacity to establish intimacy, regardless of crowd size; he gave an estimated 18,000 concerts in 90 countries. B.B. King: From Indianola to Icon tells the story of King's journey from sharecropper to musical icon, one who brought the music of America--the blues--to the world. It is a book for blues fans and others who want to know how and why this transformation occurred.

Masks are strongly encouraged but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Gibson’s reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.  

If you cannot make this event, signed copies of the book may be ordered from the Gibson's Bookstore website.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
B.B. King: From Indianola to Icon: A Personal Odyssey with the
By Charles Sawyer, Welch (Foreword by), Nick Nurse (Other)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780764363856
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schiffer Publishing - August 30th, 2022

This book documents a great American story, that of B.B. King, the "King of the Blues," and one of America's most important popular musicians.


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