Alcoholic. Epileptic. Technically challenged. Jimmy Reed nevertheless overcame these roadblocks to become perhaps the most successful R&B/pop cross-over artist of the '50s with songs like “Big Boss Man” and “Bright Lights, Big City.” Musicians, family members, andthose whose lives Reed touched offer revealing and heart-wrenching insi ghts into this now-revered bluesman. While Reed's alcoholism was no secret, its effect on his musicianship is less understood. This engaging book tells the real story that until now has not been told.