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Re: OT: New Robert Johnson photo revealed
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: May 22, 2020 04:40




Greil Marcus --- Mystery Train -- Deluxe 2020 edition



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Re: OT: New Robert Johnson photo revealed
Posted by: Cristiano Radtke ()
Date: May 22, 2020 18:37

From Bob Margolin:

"In 1978 I was playing guitar in Muddy Waters’ band at Paul’s Mall, a great club in Boston. Before the show started, I was sitting at a table with a friend who pointed out there was a woman sitting back-to-the-wall with her arms crossed over her purse. I said, “I bet there’s a story to that…” After the first set the woman approached me and asked me if I could bring her backstage to meet Muddy. She said, “I’m Robert Johnson’s sister and I have photos of him. I want to see if Muddy knew him in Mississippi.” After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I brought her right back to Muddy, who couldn’t wait to see the photos. They were indeed the two famous ones. I don’t recall her saying she had more. It was indeed Annye Anderson. I didn’t imagine she could be alive in 2020."

"Muddy looked at the one with Robert making a chord on a guitar and said, “Look, he has frog fingers!” — a little webbing between the bottoms of his fingers. Muddy said he loved Robert’s music, he always cited Robert and Son House as his main influences. But Muddy said he had not seen Robert in Mississippi, he had tried to go to a show but there were too many people to get in, so he only knew Robert from records. Muddy was thrilled and enthralled by Robert’s images, exactly as all Blues fans are. In Muddy’s 1983 obituary in Rolling Stone, ultimate music writer Peter Guralnick described that moment as his favorite with Muddy — a rare one where Muddy was a Blues fan, even as he was a legend himself."

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Re: OT: New Robert Johnson photo revealed
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: May 22, 2020 23:30

COOL story ..... ^^^^^^^^



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Re: OT: New Robert Johnson photo revealed
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: May 27, 2020 02:14

5/25/20
Since without your writing I might never have heard his
otherworldly music, how intriguing is it to learn of a
newly-discovered, third photo of blues singer Robert Johnson?

It will adorn the cover of his sister Annye Anderson’s upcoming
book, Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson.

Unlike the previous two, this one almost looks like it was
taken yesterday. His beauty is never more evident.Annye
recalled it was taken at “a make-your-own-photo place on
Beale Street, near Hernando … right next door to Pee Wee’s,
the bar where Mr. Handy wrote his blues.”
Long distance information, give me Memphis, Tennessee.
------------------------------------ Johnny Savage


I prefer the mythic, spooky cigarette photo.
But the book is so interesting and compelling the new photo is just lagniappe.
......Greil Marcus




ROCKMAN

Re: OT: New Robert Johnson photo revealed
Posted by: exhpart ()
Date: May 27, 2020 12:35

Quote
Rockman
Here's one for ya .... a few years ago
my good mate Roger decided to take trip
to Southern states of US .... So I asked him
while in Mississippi could he get me small jar
of dirt from a crossroad ....

So yeah Roger gets the dirt okay but when he
eventually gets to LA to fly out they do a
random luggage check on him ... They find the
jar of dirt and ask him what it is and what its all about ....

Totally embarrassed he tries to explain where it's
from and the Johnson devil/crossroad connection ....
They confiscate the dirt ... give him complete security
check over and eventually release him with strict warning ....

We still laugh about it to this day ..... Crossroad Blues but NO dirt

Classic

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