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Elvin Bishop's Parents Were Horrified With His Blues Ambition

06/22/2015
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(The Blues) Elvin Bishop has revealed he only accepted a scholarship to university in Chicago so he could learn the blues. And the veteran guitarist admits his parents, who'd lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s, were horrified when they discovered his plan.

He left his Oklahoma home to study physics, but spent much of his time touring the blues clubs of Chicago's Southside, picking up pointers for what would be a five-decade career In music.

Bishop tells the Greeley Tribune: "They were people of their time and place. Dropping out was the worst mistake in the world to them." He adds: "I wasn't necessarily living the blues, but I found out what the blues was all about - the connection of the music to real life." Read more here.

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