The biography of Skip James by Mael Rannou , illustrated by Jean Bourguignon and accompanied by 2 compact discs.
In a musical genre that does not lack strong personalities, Skip James is one of the most original and extraordinary artists that the blues has known. Unlike his rough neighbors in the Delta, he sings in a high-pitched, plaintive head voice that is absolutely captivating. His melancholy blues are built on skillful and unusual harmonies, his arpeggio playing, interspersed with dazzling notes and rhythmic breaks, reveals great virtuosity at fast tempos. Before being discovered in the 1960s, Skip James had engraved in 1931, to general indifference, a series of absolute masterpieces, which we present here in their entirety.