In this extensively researched biography, which involved interviews with family, band members, other musicians, friends, managers and others, Daniel De Visé has written a biography about one of the all-time great musicians, B.B. King. It is more than a biography of one man, his art and his calling, it is a presentation of times, places, and ways of living, many that still exist in this country, which were integral to forming King's life. In meticulous detail De Visé documents the early, disjointed life of King’s childhood and young adulthood, beginning with a genealogy of King’s family, going back to his father, Albert King, who was born in 1907. “The King family crisscrossed Mississippi in a perennial search for farm work … Events tore Albert’s family asunder.” This would be a pattern of life for generations of former slaves and their descendants, searching for work, (hard farm work, under dreadful conditions that would not enable them to financially advance or pull themselves out from under someone else's control) and resulting events (illness, death, material loss of home and belongings) that would tear families apart. It was rare to find cohesive, stable units of family and friends who could help financially and emotionally. What De Visé brilliantly achieves in charting the life of the King family are the effects of slavery, legally abolished but defacto not abolished. There was a multilayered economic and social system that had existed and was still in place. African American people were existing to exist, to find work to keep on working. Within this history De Visé weaves facts about African music that were the roots of what became known as The Blues, other forms of African American music, and widely fluential in many types of American music.