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Up Jumped the Devil

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Biography
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/04/2019

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Up Jumped the Devil

The Real Life of Robert Johnson

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684573141
Digital Download ISBN:9781684573158

Summary

The result of over fifty years of research, Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Robert Johnson.

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Product Description

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 twenty-seven. But the actual story of his life remains unknown save for a few inaccurate anecdotes. Up Jumped the Devil is the result of over fifty 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.

Reviews/Praise

“Blues historians Conforth and Wardlow provide a sober, well-researched and -documented account of the life and times of the Delta-born Robert Johnson.” —Booklist

Author Bio

Bruce Conforth was a professor of folklore, blues, popular culture, and history at the University of Michigan. He was also the founding curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gayle Dean Wardlow is a highly regarded blues historian who has amassed the world's largest collection of prewar blues records. His book Chasin' That Devil Music is a classic of blues literature. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.