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Selling It at the Crossroads: The Lives and Legacies of Robert Johnson

Adam Gussow

in Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633664
eISBN:
9781469633688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633664.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the mythology of "selling your soul at the crossroads" that has surrounded guitarist Robert Johnson and dominated contemporary conversations about the devil and the blues. ... More


Two Views of One Valley

Robert W. Righter

in The Battle Over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195149470
eISBN:
9780199788934
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149470.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In early 1908, San Francisco felt confident that the Hetch Hetchy Valley would soon hold a reservoir. Secretary of the Interior James Garfield favored the city, and he formally approved the city's ... More


A History of The History of Cardenio

Gary Taylor

in The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199641819
eISBN:
9780191749025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter re-examines and reinterprets key seventeenth-century documents concerning The History of Cardenio and its relationship to Cervantes, Fletcher, Shakespeare, Beaumont, the King’s Men, ... More


Poetry from the Delta

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0045
Subject:
Music, Popular

The sixteen tracks on “Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers”—some of them previously unreleased and some of them alternate takes—were conducted at several sessions between 1936–7, the only ... More


Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Adam Gussow

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633664
eISBN:
9781469633688
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633664.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book explores the role played by the devil figure within an evolving blues tradition. It pays particular attention to the lyrics of recorded blues songs, but it also seeks to tell a story about ... More


Heaven <i>&amp;</i> Hell Parties: Southern Religion and the Devil’s Music

Adam Gussow

in Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633664
eISBN:
9781469633688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633664.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the origins and meaning of the phrase "the devil's music," paying particular attention to the way in which black southern blues performers, male and female, contest the term. ... More


Conclusion

Adam Gussow

in Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633664
eISBN:
9781469633688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633664.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that the meaning of the blues-devil has shifted over time, with white understandings that highlight Robert Johnson's soul-sale at the crossroads coming to dominate the ... More


Image Makers

Larry A. Witham

in Who Shall Lead Them?: The Future of Ministry in America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195315936
eISBN:
9780199851089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315936.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the importance of the image of Christian ministry in clergy recruitment. It describes the case of Robert K. Johnson and Gregory Elmer who experienced the call to ministry after ... More


Reimagining Cardenio

Bernard Richards

in The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199641819
eISBN:
9780191749025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter is an account by Bernard Richards of the writing of his acting version of Cardenio, which was put on at Queens’ College, Cambridge, various theatres in Devon, and the Edinburgh Festival ... More


Introduction

Adam Gussow

in Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633664
eISBN:
9781469633688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633664.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that the connection between the devil and the blues is much more extensive than prevailing popular mythologies, which tend to focus narrowly on the phrase "the devil's music" and ... More


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