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The B. B. King Companion: Five Decades of Commentary by Richard Kostelanetz

Ranging from two to 32 pages, these interviews, profiles and analyses give a rather complete portrait of the world’s best-known bluesman. It’s hard, though, to figure out for whom this book is written…and why, for, during the course of at least three of the seven interviews (which span the years 1967-95) King’s background, nickname, favorite guitarists, etc. crop up so often that my eyes started to glaze over.

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