A slick but shallow biography of blues legend Robert Johnson, who died at age 27 with a mere eleven 78s of his darkly compelling songs issued during his lifetime. A transitional artist between Delta-style blues and the more sophisticated urban style, he traveled extensively and spread
his musical influence widely, although his personal life remained shadowy and mysterious for decades.
Born to a broken family, raised in itinerant labor camps in the deep South, Johnson discovered early that he would rather make music than hoe fields. Initially dismissed as untalented by elder bluesmen like Son House, he eventually surprised everyone by exhibiting a pure musical ge...