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5.0 out of 5 stars Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the invention of the blues, 10 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues (Paperback)
A really great book, which has certainly changed by view of the origins of the Blues, and who were the famous originators of this great music.

As a life long blues fan this got me digging around my old vinyl records looking for new stuff as there were artists listed that i had never heard of....

The book puts into context the journey of the inception of the blues, the early roots, through the life of Robert Johnson, primarily focusing on the music rather than the so many of the mythical stories which have been written about the man. Looking at the people who were popular around the times that johnson was recording and where Johnson's musical inspirations came from and the people who influenced him.

The book is very well researched with lots of quotes from bluesmen who were still alive at the time of writing, and also people who knew Johnson.

The authors interpretation of how time has influenced and shaped the 00's view of where the blues came from, and how this opinion changed from the 30's through to the 60's and to the modern day, and how the musical journey has changed the view of where the music originated.

A great reference book that I would highly recommend to anyone who is just discovered the blues or a lifelong fan like me, this book is thought provoking and will question how you see Robert Johnson in the history of the blues? Is he the greatest ever blues guitarist or was he just a good delta guitarist of his time whose popularity was created by Blues revivalists in the 60s who were looking for raw blues?
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