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The Search for Robert Johnson (1992)

A UK television documentary film about the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hammond ...
Gayle Dean Wardlow ...
Himself - Blues Researcher
Robert Burton McCormick ...
Himself - Blues Expert (as Robert Burton 'Mack' McCormick)
Wink Clark ...
Himself - Interviewee
Nat Richardson ...
Himself - Interviewee
Willie Mae Powell ...
Herself - Girlfriend
Honeyboy Edwards ...
Himself - Blues Player (as David 'Honeyboy' Edwards)
Johnny Shines ...
Himself - Blues Player
Claude Johnson ...
Himself - Interviewee
G.C. Johnson ...
Himself (as Gregory Johnson)
David Jordan ...
Himself - Greenwood Councillor
Miller Carter ...
Himself - Cemetery Attendant


A UK television documentary film about the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson.

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Me and the Devil Blues
Written by Robert Johnson
Performed by Robert Johnson
© Copyright King of Spades Music USA 1978, 1990, 1991.
Used by permission.
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Worthy of the subject matter
20 March 2007 | by (Vancouver,Canada) – See all my reviews

Although it's brief and made on the cheap this is a very compelling documentary that is a must see for fans of both Johnson and the modern blues artists who were influenced by him. There are striking parallels between Johnson's short fast life of alcohol/sex/blues/flirtation with Satanism and the more modern tales of debauchery and occult dabbling by bands like the Stones and Zeppelin . By all accounts the legends of Johnson being a consummate outsider and rebel in the blues and rock traditions are more than just myth. Here actual contemporaries of Johnson are interviewed each one adding one more piece to the puzzle. The fact that the circumstances of his death remain a mystery just adds to the impact his life has had on anyone who picked up a guitar and played the blues. In addition John Hammond is a superb acoustic slide player,whose father, blues producer John Hammond Sr., was an early fan of Johnson.Also the short sound bites of Johnson's own recordings are a haunting soundtrack to his tragic life.

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