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Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

This is the real deal! Immortalized by Annie Leibovitz, and countless blues historians. The rural juke joint played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles.

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The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson (1911-1938) The famed Mississippi Delta bluesman from Hazelhurst who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent to sing the blues. This exchanged occurred at the “Crossroads” near Clarksdale. His landmark recordings from 1936 to 1937 display a combination of singing,…

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Sell your soul to the devil at the crossroads in Mississippi

Sell your soul to the devil at the crossroads in Mississippi

According to the myth, the young bluesman desperately longed for fame and fortune. Johnson was not satisified with his own musical abilities and felt that he needed more talent to achieve success.

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