Me and the Devil

The life of Robert Johnson By: Sydney P. and Emily P.

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Early Life

  • 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

Time Period

  • 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."

Interesting facts

  • 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