The life of blues of robert johnson

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But Graves has little to say about Johnson's songs themselves with a few exceptions, as when he intriguingly suggests "Me and the Devil Blues" may have been intended as humor. Whitfield, wrote a clarifying note on the back of Johnson's death certificate: I talked with the white man on whose place this negro died and I also talked with a negro woman on the place.

You sell your soul to become the greatest musician in history.

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Loved that this book, although short, included so much of what is known and touched on his lore because in all honesty, I ended up listening to this book for the lore. He loved expensive clothes and they are in evidence in the few photographs that exist. Conforth and Wardlow have transformed a mountain of research, including many previously unpublished first-person interviews, into engaging prose. Jun 09, Damon rated it really liked it A quick and enjoyable book, covering the life and legends about one of the greatest blues guitarists from the 30's. One evening he disappeared. So Robert and I, we began journeying off. In the company of older, accomplished musicians, he began traveling as far afield as Ohio and Missouri. They played Jukes, parties and dances, just as they had always done before heading back to Mississippi via Arkansas. According to one theory, Johnson was murdered by the jealous husband of a woman with whom he had flirted. Legend has it that Johnson took his guitar to the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, where he made a deal with the devil, who retuned his guitar in exchange for his soul.

He loved expensive clothes and they are in evidence in the few photographs that exist. Conforth and Wardlow have transformed a mountain of research, including many previously unpublished first-person interviews, into engaging prose.

He was sought after and was even contracted to appear in Carnegie Hall in a concert which was advertised to take place on Dec.

The slide guitarist Ry Cooder speculates that Johnson played facing a corner to enhance the sound of the guitar, a technique he calls "corner loading".

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The musicologist Robert "Mack" McCormick claimed to have tracked down the man who murdered Johnson and to have obtained a confession from him in a personal interview, but he declined to reveal the man's name.

Robert Johnson was 27 when he was either poisoned, shot or stabbed to death near Greenwood, Miss. While his sales were not prolific they were clearly good enough for Johnson to be summoned back for some more recording.

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Distilling the life of blues legend Robert Johnson