By Robert S. C. Gordon
Muddy Waters used to be the best blues musician ever, and the main influential. He invented electrical blues, encouraged the Rolling Stones and created the template for the rock 'n' roll band and its wild lifestyle.
Robert Gordon's definitive biography vividly chronicles the intense existence and character of the musical legend who replaced the process smooth renowned music.
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Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters by Robert S. C. Gordon