Terry Abrahamson

Terry Abrahamson
In the Belly of the Blues - Chicago to Boston to L.A. 1969 to 1983

Rolling Fork Publishers

By Georgetown Fats
September 2012

In the Belly of the Blues - Chicago to Boston to L.A. 1969 to 1983. A Memoir serves as the first in hopefully a series of coffee table books from songwriter, author, booker, guest lecturer and photojournalist Terry Abrahamson.

From the moment Abrahamson experienced his first Howlin’ Wolf show in his native Chicago to Muddy and Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin sharing a club stage with The Rolling Stones, Abrahamson had a knack for being in the middle of musical history with the forethought to document it with his personal camera and some notes on each event.

Documenting his time with Muddy Waters, B.B. King and other greats, part of what makes Abrahamson’s In the Belly of the Blues is his ability to self deprecate; Abrahamson is far more interested in giving the reader what actually happened instead of a sanitized version of the account. His account of trying to pitch a song to B.B. King is both humorous and nerve wracking. To read the account of sneaking by security only to be shot down so quickly by the King of The Blues is bound to deliver flop sweat for the readers.

Probably one of the cooler stories in In the Belly of the Blues happens to be from Abrahamson’s initial days in Boston and helping to launch the career of George Thorogood. As a way to score season tickets to the 1973-74 Boston Celtics, Abrahamson and Herb Feuerstein crafted the theme song “Champs Again” which was performed by The Boston Basketball Band. What does that have to do with George Thorogood? Well Thorogood knew back in 1973 he was going to be famous, so he performed “Champs Again” but only if he and the band could be use a nom de plume.

Available at www.inthebellyoftheblues.com, this book is bound to provide an interesting read to blues fans both old and young while adding a keepsake for the biggest of fans. If you can’t afford the flight to Cleveland for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, In the Belly of the Blues proves to be an affordable digest of the museum worthy of the finest coffee tables.


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