Patti Jones has written a critical biography that traces Mose's roots in Mississippi through a long, and still continuing, career....
|Title||:||One Man's Blues: The Life and Music of Mose Allison|
|Number of Pages||:||368 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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One Man's Blues: The Life and Music of Mose Allison Reviews
This is really a great book and Patti Jones does a wonderful job of telling the story of Mose's life in such a way that it helps to inform even an avid fan (me) more about his music than I could get from it's constant place in my rotation.Mose's story is a good one, though not in the way some would expect to hear about a musician. His story isn't a tour through drugs and alcohol and obsession but hard work and dedication to following one discipline through to perfection. I find it more inspiring than reading about someone's rise from the depths of chemical hell. Think about it this way: here's someone who would always have had the chance to walk away. He always would have had the chance to be a regular 9-5 dude. Whereas every time the junkie rock star struggles, his only alternative is to wallow in piss and shit and die ("not pleasant, let's practice some more!"), someone like Mose could've walked away at any tough moment ("fuck it, I can take a straight job and support my family and live happily ever after,") - except it wouldn't be, it would be a compromise and one to regret. Of course Mose couldn't have done so, but the very banal normalcy of his non-musical life has it's own beauty and inspires the reader not to be defined by job or degree or whatever institutional conference they've earned/achieved thus far but, instead, by their passions.