Me and the Devil
The life of Robert Johnson By: Sydney P. and Emily P.
- Born into a large family of sharecroppers, on May. 8th, 1911.
- Grew up in Memphis Tenn.
- Received little education.
- Learned early about the hardships of life, in which he expressed later in his music.
- Many other musicians that he came in contact with in the South.
- Son House
- Charley Patton
- Other blues artist
- Muddy Waters
- Late 1930s
- Jazz started as an African American contribution to music.
- 1920s were considered the jazz/ blues age.
- Entertainment was used as diversions from poverty and endemic.
- The Great Depression
His Music style
- Influenced by Son House and other musicians with whom he came in contact with in the South.
- played slide guitar.
- emotionally intense vocals.
- Blues/ "Delta blues"
- song examples: " preachin blues", "come on in to my kitchen", "me and the devil"," sweet home Chicago."
- he only had two recording sessions in his life.
- he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980.
- he was then inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
- he said he sold his soul to the devil for his musical ability.
- he died at age 27
- they're not completely sure how he died, but there are theory's that he was poisoned
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