…than European liberals writing about American culture. It’s always a smorgasbord of stereotypes – both the stereotypes they see and write about, and the ones they themselves exhibit.
And both are on ample display in this piece in Britain’s Guardian by Ed Vulliamy about B.B. King’s annual concert in his hometown.
And yet mixed in and among all of that is a great look not only at King’s life – he’s 87 – and the South he came from as it’s evolved over his lifetime, but there are even a few looks into how he became the guitar player he’s been for all these years.
It’s more or less in sync with the upcoming release of the documentary The Life of Riley, about King’s life and impact on music (King’s birth name was Riley B. King). And that, I need to see, wherever it shows in the Twin Cities.