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Robert Gordon: Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters (Jonathan Cape)

Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, July 2002

The ONE-ROOM shack where Muddy Waters grew up originally stood on the edge of Stovall's plantation in Coahoma County in the Mississippi Delta. A few years back, a nightclub chain, House of Blues, leased the shack from the Stovall family, dismantled it, cleaned, treated and rebuilt it and sent it on tour around America as a mobile museum of the blues. 'It became itinerant like the blues musician it sheltered.' writes Robert Gordon, 'though collecting more money than he did.

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