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The B.B. King Treasures: Photos, Mementos & Music from B. B. King's Collection

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In 1947, with a two-and-a-half dollars in his pocket and his guitar on his back, Riley B. King, a sharecropper moonlighting as a blues and gospel musician, hitchhiked to Memphis from his home in Indianola, Mississippi.

Today, after touring the world as an ambassador of the blues for more than half a century, B. B. King is a living legend.

Like a celebration thrown by B.B. for his countless fans, published for the occasion of his 80th birthday, The B. B. King Treasures brings remembrances, photos, and rare and personal memorabilia together in a magnificent collection from his life and career.

Numerous illustrations throughout the book and 12 removable facsimile reproductions of items--among them a signed B. B. King business card from the 1970s and an official White House photo with a note of thanks to B. B. from President Clinton--provide the atmosphere for the party. The entertainment is a jam session, led by the King of the Blues himself, of rare and never-before-published quotes and stories from B. B., his friends, and people he worked with over the years.

Also included is a 60 minute audio CD featuring two previously unreleased songs - one from B.B.'s first-ever recording session with ABC Records in 1962, the other from a 1971 London studio session - along with selected interviews.

A MUST have for any B.B. King collection
Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Bulfinch; Package edition (September 8, 2005)
Written by: B.B. King with Dick Waterman.

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