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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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Himself
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John Hammond ...
Himself
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)
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Himself
David Jordan ...
Himself - Greenwood Councillor
Miller Carter ...
Himself - Cemetery Attendant
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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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Comprehensive, low-key doc with a lot of great music.
9 June 2005 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Originally done by BBC 4, we just got this on Sony DVD. I've always loved the myth of Robert Johnson as much as his music, and this little doc (72min) does a wonderful job of exploring both aspects of this legendary blues man.

Narrator John Hammond retraces and re-enacts the research of blues scholars Mack McCormick and Gayle Dean Wardlow, travelling the Delta and uncovering a surprising amount of documentation about, and individuals related to (some possibly by blood) the life and legacy of Robert Johnson.

Supported by a great selection of his few recordings that rise and fall from the background audio, almost as if still struggling to be heard.


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