Is This Really the Bluesman Robert Johnson? (Article)


Is this a photo of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson with Johnny Shines?

The deal was done at a crossroads.

There, according to legend, the bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for otherworldly musical prowess — guitar playing, singing and songwriting that would make him an idol, still studied and revered almost 80 years after his death.

Zeke Schein came to a crossroads, too, when he bought an old photo that he believes is only the third known image of Johnson. Johnson’s family, a prominent forensic expert and musicians who’ve been transformed by the bluesman’s recordings agreed with Mr. Schein. But skeptics questioned the likeness, the date — even Mr. Schein’s motives…

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Words by Mark Bussell
(Via The New York Times)

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Curtis was born on the flat lands of Corsicana and raised in the sweaty jungles of Houston. He lives in Austin and can usually be found in the stacks at Central Library or swimming laps at Deep Eddy Pool.

Is This Really the Bluesman Robert Johnson? (Article)