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Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? The Life & Music of Robert Johnson (1998)

An in-depth, award-winning documentary on the life and music of legendary bluesman ROBERT JOHNSON. Mixing rare photographs, exclusive interviews, and dramatic re-creations, director PETER ... See full summary »

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An in-depth, award-winning documentary on the life and music of legendary bluesman ROBERT JOHNSON. Mixing rare photographs, exclusive interviews, and dramatic re-creations, director PETER MEYER presents a compelling portrait of this enigmatic figure. Hosted by Danny Glover with Keb' Mo' as Robert Johnson, featuring Johnny Shines, Honeyboy Edwards, John Hammond, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards. Written by Anonymous

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going down to the crossroads
3 October 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Johnson is rightly recognized as one of the blues greats, but he wasn't widely acknowledged until decades after his death. The documentary "Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? The Life & Music of Robert Johnson" looks at him and the stories about him. Danny Glover hosts, with Keb' Mo' playing Johnson. The documentary does kind of over-emphasize things like Johnson's trading his soul for skills, but I do like that it helps to introduce people to Johnson's music. As it was, it was the British Invasion of the '60s that introduced Americans to a lot of the music that was right under Americans' noses but unacknowledged. I recommend the documentary.


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