Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Windy City Blue is the story of Chess Records, told by the major players of the era--the Chess brothers, their childhood friend Leeba and the musicians that made two Polish immigrants in Chicago a success at spotting early rhythm and blues icons.
If you like anything about music, R&B, and history, this is the book for you. From the early 40s to the end of the 60s, this book looks at these fast-changing, often tumultuous times from the perspective of people who could understand oppression but still didn't feel it as their friends had. What made this book most interesting is that it takes on historical moments like segregation and puts it in the context of the music of the time, which is a language that the whole world can understand. And with multiple narrators, the reader gets every perspective.
*Book provided by Penguin First to Read
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