Searching for Robert Johnson

Searching for Robert Johnson : The Life and Legend of the King of the Delta Blues Singers

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He was probably the most influential of all bluesmen. And yet Robert Johnson remained virtually unknown to a wider audience until the publication of this book in 1989 and the release of his complete recordings in 1990, fifty-two years after his death. Unquestionably the main influence on Muddy Waters and an entire generation of rock 'n' roll and blues musicians, Johnson is known for the ferocity and originality of his work, and for the tormented sensibility that lay behind it. Poisoned by a jealous husband at the age of twenty-seven, widely believed to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his musical gifts, Robert Johnson has long enjoyed a myth that has at times overshadowed his music. In this brilliant ode to the 'King of Delta Blues', Peter Guralnick illuminates the man as well as the myth and beautifully evokes the place and the time that gave birth to both. With interviews with Johnson contemporaries like Johnny Shines and Robert Jr Lockwood, SEARCHING FOR ROBERT JOHNSON gracefully mirrors the world and the artistry of Robert Johnson himself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0753827557
  • 9780753827550

About Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick is one of popular culture's greatest biographers and his two-volume biography of Elvis is widely regarded as definitive.show more