Robert Johnson at 100
March 6, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Producer Steve Berkowitz, actor Joe Morton and musician Steve Jordan present “Robert Johnson at 100,” a concert tonight at the Apollo Theater featuring Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal, Savion Glover, Jeffrey Wright and many others, including the Rev. Steven Johnson, Robert Johnson’s grandson.
WBGO's Michael Bourne talked to the producers about Johnson’s life, music and influence. Legend has it that Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for becoming one of the greatest guitarists and singers who ever lived. Probably born in 1911 in Mississippi, Johnson, who died mysteriously at 27, was an itinerant musician who was recorded only twice, selling only a few thousand records in his lifetime. But he has since come to be regarded as a founding father of the blues and, by extension, American and British popular music. Listen to the complete interview below.
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