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February 04, 2013

Radiolab - Crossroads

"In this short, we go looking for the devil, and find ourselves tangled in a web of details surrounding one of the most haunting figures in music--a legendary guitarist whose shadowy life spawned a legend so powerful, it's still being repeated...even by fans who don't believe a word of it."

The story goes like this: back in the 1920s, Robert Johnson wanted to play the blues. But he really sucked. He sucked so much, that everyone who heard him told him to get lost. So he did. He disappeared for a little while, and when he came back, he was different.

Directly related: "As we investigated the myths surrounding the bluesman Robert Johnson for our short Crossroads, we found ourselves swimming in amazing music -- not just blues -- and we wanted to share it."

For example: Robert Johnson - Me and the Devil Blues.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 4, 2013 08:27 AM