RaveLibrary JournalThis page-turner, crime-thrillerlike odyssey leads readers through the American South for details about the blues guitarist ... A preface and afterward by Smithsonian curator Troutman provides needed context about McCormick and this book.
RaveLibrary JournalMeticulously moves from year to year with material gleaned from 200 interviews and much-neglected sources ... A memorable work that will become the standard biography of the saxophone giant and should be embraced by all jazz fans and general readers. Highly recommended.
RaveLibrary JournalThis account may become the standard biography that may appeal to general readers. Smith lauds Berry’s accomplishments in music but also characterizes him as a lonely, self-destructive, moody, and aggressively sexual man.