The life of blues legend Robert Johnson becomes the centerpiece for this innovative look at what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music genre. Pivotal are the questions surrounding why Johnson was ignored by the core black audience of his time yet now celebrated as the greatest figure in blues history.
Trying to separate myth from reality, biographer Elijah Wald studies the blues from the inside -- not only examining recordings but also the recollections of the musicians themselves, the African-American press, as well as examining original research. What emerges is a new appreciation for the blues and the movement of its artists from the shadows of the 1930s Mississippi Delta to the mainstream venues frequented by today's loyal blues fans.
"If you read only one book about blues...read this one." Starred Booklist on Escaping the Delta
Elijah Wald es escritor y musico con veinte anos de experiencia reportando sobre los origenes musicales y sobre la musica misma en diferentes regiones del mundo. Fue escritor y asesor para el proyecto de multiples medios del Instituto Smithsonian llamado The Mississippi: River and Song (El Rio Mississippi: el rio y su musica), y tambien recibio un premio por la biografia Josh White: Society Blues (Josh White, Blues de la Sociedad). Una sobrevista de su obra se puede conseguir en elijawald.com. Elijah Wald is a writer and musician with twenty years experience covering roots and world music. He was writer and consultant on the Smithsonian multimedia project The Mississippi: River of Song, and is the author of the award-winning biography Josh White: Society Blues.