The mystery surrounding Robert Johnson's life and death is about as famous, or indeed infamous as his music, and the now legendary 29 tracks he recorded. Also legendary how The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin et al, covered many of his songs way back, and at one point, Eric Clapton, being such an ambassador for both the man and his music, wouldn't speak to anyone who didn't know who Robert Johnson was.
Most of my peers' on the local 'Granddad Rocks' circuit around here not only know who the man is, but also why he was and still is so important in shaping the sound of the music scene even today; and any excuse for not having an album with those 29 tracks on in the collection just isn't good enough - if you're a rocker, it's a MUST!
So too this DVD. TV documentary suited as it most certainly is, for the price you may as well have a copy sitting on the shelf as wait until it turns up on the Biography Channel; because you know as well as I do, us Granddad Rocks generation boys rarely, if ever, get ANYTHING on the Biography Channel worth getting excited over, so don't hold your breath, click and buy one.
It's a pretty good and well filmed and hosted doc, and at least the host, John Hammond, is a guitarist who's reading from the same page as you and I, and his enthusiasm in finding Robert's trail is as keen and fresh as our own would be were we in his shoes.
Thankfully, some of the people who knew Johnson personally are interviewed here, which is always great and a joy to see, and let's face it, like us, they aren't going to be there forever, so it's a good job this film was made whilst they were.
For many years I made a lot of empty excuses about why I didn't have Robert Johnson's album in my rack, simply because I didn't realise the profound effect he had on our musical heritage. Then, I bought the album, and now it's an absolute favourite. Along with this DVD you will have just about everything you need to know about this Legendary Musician, and if you've read through this far you're obviously interested enough to know more, so click the button, you won't regret it I'm telling you.