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Preachin' the BluesThe Life and Times of Son House$
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Daniel Beaumont

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.001.0001

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He Was Who He Was

He Was Who He Was

The Final Act of Son House

(p.155) Chapter 9 He Was Who He Was
Preachin' the Blues

Daniel Beaumont

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the events of the latter part of Son House's life, his death, and his legacy. His rediscovery made him nothing less than a celebrity in Rochester, and his attention was soon brought to the town's young music community, all of whom were fans of his work. One of those people was Armand Schaubroeck, who would eventually own the House of Guitars, a guitar store he founded with his brothers. One thing House could not control however was his alcoholism, which had disastrous consequences both for his performances and his health; this includes a supposed Fillmore East performance that he lost to Eric Clapton. House made several other performances before he passed away after suffering cancer of the larynx in 1988. He outlived many of his younger musical friends.

Keywords:   Son House, Armand Schaubroeck, House of Guitars, Eric Clapton, Fillmore East

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