As one of Our Recommendations and Recommended Books, we recommend Escaping The Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, by Elijah Wald
This is a very interesting book for anyone interested in blues history. Elijah Wald shows that Robert Johnson, while undoubtedly a great musician, was virtually unknown during his lifetime and that his current popularity came about primarily because of a John Hammond re-release on Columbia Records in the early 1960’s which introduced Robert Johnson’s music to a new, primarily white, audience almost twenty years after his death.
Wald goes on to show who the major blues musicians of the 1930’s actually were. Most have now been forgotten while Robert Johnson, who was virtually unknown during his lifetime and largely forgotten until the Columbia Records re-release of his music in the early 1960’s, is now arguably the best known of all the early musician musicians.
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Some Robert Johnson Sites To Check Out
- Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, near Money, Leflore County, Mississippi is one of three reputed Robert Johnson gravesites in Leflore County, Mississippi.
- Abbay & Leatherman Plantation, Tunica County, Mississippi. Robert Johnson grew up on the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation and reportedly learned to play guitar by watching Son House perform in nearby Robinsonville.
- Robert Johnson Complete Recordings – we are currently recommending the Centennial Edition on Sony Legacy as the Complete Robert Johnson Recordings to buy.
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