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Muddy Waters: Loud & Clear

Tony Russell, History of Rock, The, 1982

When it comes to Chicago blues, Muddy Waters is The Man. "Spell it M! — A, child! — N!" as he growls in ‘Mannish Boy’. Cock of his roost since 1947, he’s proudly crowed his deep Mississippi blues through every fad and mood of his era, folk boom and flower power, acid rock and apathy. If, now and then, he’s made a regal bow to prevailing musical fashion, it’s almost always been on his own terms.

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