Traces the rock-and-roll icon's Mississippi birth in 1913, his work as a plantation sharecropper, his tutelage under such blues figures as Charlie Patton and Sonny Boy Williamson, his contributions to electric blues, the physical problems that challenged his career, and more. 12,500 first printing.
The author reflects on the meaning of the soul and what it means to be spiritual, arguing that true "spirituality" lies in how one deals with unexpected and uncomfortable challenges and circumstances, regardless of one's religious background.
The author describes growing up in a family of all boys in Webster Groves, Missouri, reflecting on such topics as the dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship, his role as the school prankster, his marriage, and the life lessons he has learned from birds.
The author describes her mother Evelyn's struggles with poverty in the 1950s as she tried to build a happy home for her ten children, with the help of wit, poetry, and prose during the contest era of the 1950s and 1960s.