Bruce Conforth and the real Robert Johnson

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Musician, educator and historian Bruce Conforth introduces us to the real Robert Johnson.

Far from the one-dimensional “native genius” he is often portrayed as, Robert Johnson was a well read, well traveled, versatile artist whose genius was no accident.

Dead at the age of 26, in his short life Johnson’s art left an indelible mark on American and world music.

Conforth, a guitarist and harmonica player, has been studying Johnson’s life and work for 40 years.

Here’s the Facebook page for his upcoming book on Johnson. The working title is “Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson.”

– Ken McCarthy
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