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B. B. King is the first volume of Lives in Music, a new series that meshes biography with discography. Each book in the series appeals to music fans and musicians who want to understand how their favorite artists and producers have used the studio as a creative tool in shaping personal experience into enduring art. The series begins with the legendary King of the Blues, B. B. King - one of the most important electric guitarists of the last half-century, and a multiplatinum-selling superstar. An opening essay charts his life from childhood in the Mississippi Delta up to his first studio session. The author takes an inside look at his distinguished career, album by album, offering a critical appraisal of each recording and a portrait of the making of each album. Firsthand interviews with B. B. King, as well as producers, engineers, arrangers, and key musicians, bring these sessions to life and provide readers a context for understanding B. B. King's recordings.