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When I Left Home

That's the title of Buddy Guy's new autobiography, written with an assist from David Ritz, who also worked on B.B. King's Blues All Around Me. I found out about both the Buddy Guy book and a shorter memoir by Buck Graves, Bluegrass Bluesman, on the same trip to the bookstore. Now they're cued up like a couple of 45s ready to drop down on my cerebrum.

The Mayor of MacDougal Street

That's the title of Dave Van Ronk's autobiography, which I inhaled, cover to cover, in less than 24 hours. Written with the help of one of my favorite music writers, Elijah Wald, who wrote the equally compelling Escaping the Delta.