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Robert Johnson on Netflix!

GUEST,bernie&red 29 Apr 19 - 12:48 PM
Manitas_at_home 30 Apr 19 - 03:55 AM
GUEST,Hootennanny 30 Apr 19 - 05:39 AM
Big Al Whittle 01 May 19 - 08:21 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 02 May 19 - 06:03 AM
McGrath of Harlow 03 May 19 - 09:55 PM
keberoxu 04 May 19 - 05:10 PM
Manitas_at_home 05 May 19 - 02:03 AM
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Subject: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: GUEST,bernie&red
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 12:48 PM

Who could have ever envisaged back in the 60's when we bought that first Robert Johnson LP, that we'd be able to watch a streamed doc about the legend on our 55 inch TV?
Available on Netflix in Canada, (not sure about the rest of the world) I just watched it this morning. Hate to be too critical, but very ho hum.
Lots of talking heads & very short snippets of songs.
Surely in this day & age, someone could come up with an interesting doc about this blues legend.


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 03:55 AM

I saw it in the UK last Friday. YEs, it could have included more songs.


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: GUEST,Hootennanny
Date: 30 Apr 19 - 05:39 AM

Any documentary on the blues that you are likely to see currently is bound to be full of talking heads, mostly ageing rockers making meaningless comments and telling exciting stories about how they printed their hero's name on T-Shirts Wow! - Ref John Lee Hooker programme on BBC4 four days ago or turning up at Chess studios to find Muddy Waters painting the walls. Oh Yeah? How many times do we have to hear that.

On the same evening there was a repeat of a programme featuring acclaimed writer and photographer Val Wilmer which showed a few, but not nearly enough of her photographs while being "interviewed" by a current pop singer turned blues expert. Val has been around and involved in the jazz and blues scene for a long time and has a fund of interesting stories, none of which were explored.

If you are really interested in Robert Johnson I think that the forthcoming book (this month May, I believe) by Gayle Dean Wardlow should be a worthwhile read. A journalist from Texas who spent most of his time in Mississippi delving deep into various archives and being the man who discovered Robert Johnson's death certificate, and who has already produced a book on Charlie Patton and another on Chasing the Devil's music for me make it a book worth exploring.


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 May 19 - 08:21 PM

Theres been a lot of thoughtful writing about Robert Johnson. i saw the documentary on Netflix. Over the years I've read all kinds of things.

One researcher had talked to a local lawman who reckoned he knew the murderer of Johnson, but didn't take any action becausethe killer was a 'decent family man' - and disrupting an already impoverished family wouldn't have achieved much.

Elijah Wald said the church where Robert was buried in the graveyard, had never heard of him.

As others of his family were successful musicians, I seem to reemeber reading, the truth is probably out there, but it will take a determined soul to tie up the disparate ends.


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 02 May 19 - 06:03 AM

As Mac Mack McCormick's research on Johnson appears to be be locked away permanently I think that Wardlow is about the only hope of getting more.

Incidentally Some of McCormick's work in which he collaborated with Paul Oliver has finally after a long, long wait just come to light with "The Blues Come to Texas" published by Texas A & M University Press. A hefty tome with much detail on the blues in Texas. I am just about half way through it's 457 jam packed pages.
My only petty niggling disappointmenr so far is that in a photograph of Paul Oliver with two musicians they are incorrectly shown to be Big Bill Broonzy and Brownie McGhee in 1958. In fact they are Big Bill Broonzy and Brother John Sellers in the year 1957 when Broonzy and Sellers were on tour together in the UK.


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 May 19 - 09:55 PM

Someone really should say what is the title of the documentary.


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 May 19 - 05:10 PM

Is this it?

Devil at the Crossroads


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 05 May 19 - 02:03 AM

Yes, that's it.


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Subject: RE: Robert Johnson on Netflix!
From: GUEST,harpgirl
Date: 05 May 19 - 02:11 AM

I watched it last night on the front porch under the mosquito netting. I have the extant recordings and have for a long time but I am delving more deeply into blues playing lately. I am a huge fan of Jontavious ( Quon) Willis. He will endure.


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