The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins
Timothy J. O’Brien & David EnsmingerUniversity of Texas Press
241 pages plus photos & notes
The biography maintains a focus centered on Lightnin’ and his music. Personal details like his long-standing relationship with Antoinette Charles, married to another man, are mentioned but not delved on in depth. O’Brien uses quotes from musicians like Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Billy Gibbons, and Dion DiMucci to illustrate the impact of Hopkins music over time. He has crafted a fascinating, well-researched look at a true blues legend, and helps us understand the social environment that created such powerful music.