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Robert Johnson : lost and found

Author: Barry Lee Pearson; Bill McCulloch
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2003.
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With just forty-one recordings to his credit, Robert Johnson (1911-38) is widely regarded as one of the greatest performers in the history of blues music. Johnson's vast influence on twentieth-century American music, combined with his mysterious death at the age of twenty-seven, has allowed speculation and myth to obscure the facts of his life. Perhaps the most famous legend in American music depicts a young  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Robert Johnson; Robert Johnson, Musiker.; Robert Johnson
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Lee Pearson; Bill McCulloch
ISBN: 025202835X 9780252028359 9780252075285 0252075285
OCLC Number: 50339491
Description: xii, 142 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Making of a paper trail --
Our hero --
The anecdotes --
Early notices --
The Reissue project, phase one --
Reissue, phase two --
Myth eclipses reality --
Reissue, phase three, or fifteen minutes of fame --
A myth to the twenty-first century --
Satan and sorcery --
The song texts --
A house of cards --
Who was he, really?.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Barry Lee Pearson and Bill McCulloch.

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Robert Johnson (1911-38) is a giant in the history of blues music. This book compares conflicting accounts of Johnson's life, weighing them against interviews with blues musicians and others who knew  Read more...

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"[Pearson and McCulloch] traced the paper trail of the Johnson myth through the decades and found that white critics and promoters were telling tall tales about him while he was still alive. The Read more...

 
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