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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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18th and Vine District – Kansas City’s wild past

18th and Vine District – Kansas City’s wild past

It was the roaring ‘20s, and 18th and Vine was the center of the black community at the time. The stage at the Panama Club was their showcase. It was also the beginning of Mayor Tom Pendergast’s political era, with the lax enforcement of liquor,…

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