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Chicago, Ill. : Curbside Splendor, 2014.
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204 p. ; 18 x 18 cm.
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"Don't Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic 'last ride,' laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture, and like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Silent Sam promises "I'll tell everything I know"" -- from publisher's web site.
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0988480441
9780988480445
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833301222
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As Brother Ben embarks on his final North American tour, his harp player and protâegâe Silent Sam narrates the blues musician's "last ride," revealing America's complicated relationship with African American culture. - (Baker & Taylor)

"Don't Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic 'last ride,' laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture, and like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Silent Sam promises "I'll tell everything I know"" -- - (Baker & Taylor)

Don’t Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic 'last ride,' laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, and culture, and like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Silent Sam promises "I'll tell everything I know."

Don’t Start Me Talkin’ is not merely a story about the blues, but with its rhythm, language, and sense of self and place, it also channels the DNA of this very American style of music.
- (Perseus Publishing)

In this comic road novel, roles are reversed, race gets reviewed, and a legendary Delta bluesman takes one last ride.
- (Perseus Publishing)

Author Biography


Tom Williams is the author of The Mimic's Own Voice (Main Street Rag Publishing Co). He has also published numerous stories, reviews, and essays, most recently in RE:AL, The Collagist, Booth, and Slab. An associate editor of American Book Review, he is the Chair of English at Morehead State University.
- (Perseus Publishing)

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Blues takes many forms. It is a feeling or a mood. And, of course, it's a specific musical genre, and in Williams' modest but satisfying blues novel, the blues epitomizes not only a way of life but also a way of being. Williams' protagonist is Brother Ben, the last of the True Delta Bluesmen. Accompanied by his dependable harp player, Silent Sam, Brother Ben is on his final North American tour. His story is told from the point of view of his protégé, Peter, who describes the journey as the perennial "last ride." Williams' tale is a splendid journey of a lifetime spent on the road—and the toll that it takes—as the author evokes memories of the archetypal bluesmen that serve as Brother Ben's role models: Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Blind Willie McTell, and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Williams, in fact, turns a difficult life into something quite joyous. He gets the details right too, such as searching for clothes in "two-for-a-dollar" bins in tacky stores. A humorous, picaresque blue note of a novel. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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