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  posted on 11/16/2009 at 08:02 PM
Here is one worthy of restoring, a forlorn house that was home to the father of all American blues and rock...... no big name big fund organizing here most likely... Will Team Depot help on this, someone let them know....

Officials to restore birthplace of Robert Johnson
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Associated Press


JACKSON, Mississippi
The mystery surrounding bluesman Robert Johnson's life and death feeds the lingering fascination with his work.

There's the myth he sold his soul to the devil to create his haunting guitar intonations. There's the dispute over where he died after his alleged poisoning by a jealous man in 1938. Three different markers claim to be the site of his demise.

His birthplace, however, has been verified. The seminal bluesman came into the world in 1911 in a well-crafted home built by his stepfather in the Mississippi town of Hazlehurst.

Now, 71 years after his death, local officials want to restore the home in hopes of drawing Johnson fans and their tourism dollars to Copiah County, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the Delta region that most bluesmen called home.

Johnson's life and music have been the subject of multiple books. And producers are shopping a script in Hollywood about him penned by Jimmy White, the screenwriter for the Academy Award-winning film, "Ray."

"It's amazing that after all these years, people still talk about Robert Johnson on the level that they do," said the bluesman's grandson, Steven Johnson.

Johnson's influence can be heard in the works of numerous artists, from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton, who covered 14 of the bluesman's songs on his 2004 album, "Me and Mr. Johnson."

The house is an important piece of Johnson's legacy, said Grammy-winning pianist George Winston, who will headline a fundraiser for the restoration Monday at the Belhaven College Center for the Arts in Jackson.

"Everything with Robert is mysterious, but the more we can demystify, we can get down to the truth," said Winston. "He was an inspired musician. He took a quantum leap." The story goes that Johnson didn't play all that well at first, then left town for awhile. When he returned, his music had undergone a transformation.

"He came back and everybody couldn't believe how well he played," Winston said.

That's likely what gave rise to the soul-selling rumor, a transaction purportedly taking place at the crossroads of U.S. 61 and U.S. 49 in the Mississippi Delta.

Johnson's birthplace was verified in a letter from his half-sister years ago, said Janet Schriver, executive director of the Copiah County Office of Cultural Affairs.

The 1,500-square foot (140-square meter) home now owned by the county has fallen into disrepair, but it still bears evidence of craftsmanship. Johnson's stepfather, Charles Dodds, was a furniture maker and a prosperous landowner. The house had a double-parlor, a long front porch and a pump that allowed water to flow into the kitchen, a modern convenience unheard in most homes occupied by blacks in the early 20th century, said Schriver.

Schriver said the county is trying to raise $250,000 for the restoration project, which coincides with efforts to get Johnson's life story to the screen.

White was commissioned by HBO about three years ago to write the script, but the production company's management changed and the project was scrapped, said Cathy Gurley, who handles publicity for the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation.

HBO confirmed Thursday a project had been in development, but subsequently producers were allowed to take it elsewhere.

Gurley said "we're currently shopping the project."

White, who is based in Santa Monica, California, said he was moved by the "sheer genius" of Johnson, who was self-taught on the guitar.

"He was so good that he would literally turn his back when they were recording him. He didn't want the other musicians to see his fingering technique," White said.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2009 at 08:07 PM
Yes indeed, it's a worthy project. The money will no doubt be raised. How is the question. No one will dispute Mr. Johnson's lasting influence on modern music after all this time.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2009 at 08:29 PM
With Robert Johnson's contibution to rock and roll and all of the bands that have covered his music, 250 grand seems like a pittance if the bands would write a check....

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 01:54 PM
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With Robert Johnson's contibution to rock and roll and all of the bands that have covered his music, 250 grand seems like a pittance if the bands would write a check....


it's obvious E.T. hasn't been paying attention. Bands don't care about preserving a legacy.

It's all about the almighty dollar.


Why do you call bluedad E.T.?

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 02:36 PM
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Actually in the case of Robert Johnson you couldnt be so wrong...
There are three grave sites two primarily known but a recent third is being communicated as the only possible place to be buried.

Why do i bring this up well ZZTop paid for the gravestone at one of the common gravesites people visit.

And i could go on for days about how many musicians have covered RJ that alone pays homage to a great musician and inspiration.

 

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With Robert Johnson's contibution to rock and roll and all of the bands that have covered his music, 250 grand seems like a pittance if the bands would write a check....


it's obvious E.T. hasn't been paying attention. Bands don't care about preserving a legacy.

It's all about the almighty dollar.


Why do you call bluedad E.T.?


He has issues.

 

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Because the resemblance is amazingly close. Everytime I look at pics of him here I see E.T.
That's REAL mature, Al.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 04:58 PM
Here's an idea, take the personal bullsh!t somewhere else and talk about Robert Johnson. That's a group message to more than one.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 05:10 PM
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Here's an idea, take the personal bullsh!t somewhere else and talk about Robert Johnson. That's a group message to more than one.
Tony, how many times have you made remarks about the forum police?

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 05:14 PM
Back on topic...

We are all familiar with Crossroads and Come On In My Kitchen. What are some of your other RJ favorites?

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 05:31 PM
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Back on topic...

We are all familiar with Crossroads and Come On In My Kitchen. What are some of your other RJ favorites?


Traveling Riverside Blues

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 05:34 PM
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With Robert Johnson's contibution to rock and roll and all of the bands that have covered his music, 250 grand seems like a pittance if the bands would write a check....
it's obvious E.T. hasn't been paying attention. Bands don't care about preserving a legacy.

It's all about the almighty dollar.
Why do you call bluedad E.T.?
Because the resemblance is amazingly close. Everytime I look at pics of him here I see E.T.
I guess if you're going to resemble something better it's cute, nice little ET than a mean nasty a@@hole trying to start fights with everyone (oh I know, all in the name of honesty, though).



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Because the resemblance is amazingly close. Everytime I look at pics of him here I see E.T.
That's REAL mature, Al.
and your a role model for maturity aren't you Elliott?

Just curious. Why did you want to know if I'd be in Macon in three weeks?
Just wonderin'...

 

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Because the resemblance is amazingly close. Everytime I look at pics of him here I see E.T.
That's REAL mature, Al.
and your a role model for maturity aren't you Elliott?

Just curious. Why did you want to know if I'd be in Macon in three weeks?
Just wonderin'...
make sure you wave if you see me!
Let me just do it now and get it over with...

 

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it's probably better this way. You'll be busy serving appetizers that weekend.
I thought I was going to be valet parking. Make up your mind...damn, you're just like a woman.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 05:57 PM
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We are all familiar with Crossroads and Come On In My Kitchen. What are some of your other RJ favorites?


My favorite RJ tune has always been If I had Possession Over Judgment Day. I've also always digged "They're Red Hot" quite a bit because it lets us hear Johnson reaching outside of his signature style and sound . . . the tune would be right at home in a Blind Boy Fuller set, for instance.

 

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it's probably better this way. You'll be busy serving appetizers that weekend.
I thought I was going to be valet parking. Make up your mind...damn, you're just like a woman.
I'm quite sure you'd willingly do either.
I probably would...if asked.

 

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it's probably better this way. You'll be busy serving appetizers that weekend.
I thought I was going to be valet parking. Make up your mind...damn, you're just like a woman.


That is a Dylan song, this is a Robert Johnson thread

Anyway... Since we know so little about RJ, but for so many years everyone has been claimed to have ripped off Mr. Johnson. But I would like to know whom RJ himself ripped off. Who were his idols?

 

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  posted on 11/17/2009 at 07:14 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Roots-Robert-Johnson-Various-Artists/dp/B000000G87
 
 


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