Robert Johnson was the greatest blues artist of the twentieth century. Now his autobiography has been found. Or has it?
An exciting discovery has been made in the field of blues music. Ten discs have been found in which Robert Johnson (1911-1938) speaks at length about his life and work.
Johnson recorded some of the best blues ever put on record, and interest in him has remained for over sixty years.
Each of the discs concentrates on part of Johnson's story and is followed by a commentary.
The commentaries have been prepared by a distinguished academic who had been invited to judge the authenticity of the discs. The academic soon forgets his original brief, however, and lets his enthusiasm for Johnson dominate what he writes. In so doing, he helps make the reader aware of the numerous ironies in each monologue and in Johnson's story as a whole.
The discs and commentaries work together to give the reader the story of an immensely talented man who dedicated his life to his art, but died long before he was aware of how brilliantly he had succeeded.