Up Jumped the Devil

Author: Bruce Conforth,Gayle Wardlow

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1641600977

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Robert Johnson is the subject of the most famous myth about the blues: he allegedly sold his soul at the crossroads in exchange for his incredible talent, and this deal led to his death at age 27. But the actual story of his life remains unknown save for a few inaccurate anecdotes. Up Jumped the Devil is the result of over 50 years of research. Gayle Dean Wardlow has been interviewing people who knew Robert Johnson since the early 1960s, and he was the person who discovered Johnson's death certificate in 1967. Bruce Conforth began his study of Johnson's life and music in 1970 and made it his mission to fill in what was still unknown about him. In this definitive biography, the two authors relied on every interview, resource and document, most of it material no one has seen before. As a result, this book not only destroys every myth that ever surrounded Johnson, but also tells a human story of a real person. It is the first book about Johnson that documents his years in Memphis, details his trip to New York, uncovers where and when his wife Virginia died and the impact this had on him, fully portrays the other women Johnson was involved with, and tells exactly how and why he died and who gave him the poison that killed him. Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Johnson.

Up Jumped the Devil

Author: Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781787602441

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Page: 336

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Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Robert Johnson.

The Devil's Jump

Author: Peter Doyle

Publisher: Verse Chorus Press

ISBN: 1891241877

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5049


August 1945: the Japanese have surrendered and there's dancing in the streets of Sydney. But Billy Glasheen has little time to celebrate; his black marketeer boss has disappeared, leaving Billy high and dry. Soon he s on the run from the criminals and the cops, not to mention a shady private army. They all think he has the thing they want, and they'll kill to get hold of it. Unfortunately for Billy, he doesn't know what it is . . . but he'd better find it fast. Set in Australia in the years following World War II, Peter Doyle's novels brilliantly explore the criminal underworld, political corruption, and the postwar explosion of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll.

Moments in History Ii

Author: Mark R. Brewer

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1669814297

Category: History

Page: 514

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Moments in History II is similar in format to Moments in History, but each book stands alone in that one does not have to read one in order to enjoy the other. They each contain chapters that examine a historical event and then look at the life of the individual at the center of that event. These people are sometimes famous, sometimes obscure, sometimes heroic, and sometimes scoundrels--but they are always interesting.

Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture

Author: Patricia R. Schroeder

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252029158

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 2451


Suddenly Robert Johnson is everywhere. Though the Mississippi bluesman died young and recorded only twenty-nine songs, the legacy, legend, and lore surrounding him continue to grow. Focusing on these developments, Patricia R. Schroeder's Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture breaks new ground in Johnson scholarship, going beyond simple or speculative biography to explore him in his larger role as a contemporary cultural icon. Part literary analysis, part cultural criticism, and part biographical study, Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture shows the Robert Johnson of today to be less a two-dimensional character fixed by the few known facts of his life than a dynamic and contested set of ideas. Represented in novels, in plays, and even on a postage stamp, he provides inspiration for "highbrow" cultural artifacts - such as poems - as well as Hollywood movies and T-shirts. Schroeder's detailed and scholarly analysis directly engages key images and stories about Johnson (such as the Faustian crossroads exchange of his soul for guitar virtuosity), navigating the many competing interpretations that swirl around him to reveal the cultural purposes these stories and their tellers serve. Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture is essential reading for cultural critics and blues fans alike.

American Singing Groups

Author: Jay Warner

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634099786

Category: Music

Page: 585

View: 5178


Offers a decade-by-decade history of American singing groups, from the Ames and Mills Brothers, to the Platters and the Beach Boys, to Destiny's Child, the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and many others, covering more than 380 artists and furnishing information on each group's career, key members, influences, photos, and discographies. Original.

The Desultory Man, Etc

Author: George Payne Rainsford James

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 347

View: 8216


The Desultory Man

Author: George Payne Rainsford James

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734011620

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 7027


Reproduction of the original: The Desultory Man by George Payne Rainsford James

The Desultory Man

Author: George Payne Rainsford James

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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