Paul Garon (essay date 1971)
SOURCE: "Robert Johnson: A Perpetuation of A Myth," inLiving Blues, Vol. 94, 1971, pp. 34-6.
[In the following essay, Garon attempts to provide a balanced estimate of Johnson's talent and influence as a blues musician.]
"… Robert Johnson is acknowledged as perhaps the most accomplished and certainly the most influential of all bluesmen.…" This overwhelmingly biased opinion, dressed as "acknowledged" fact, not only appears in a rock magazine whose readers are in dire need of real information about the blues, but it was written by someone whose familiarity with the blues is more than superficial; someone who, indeed, should have known better.
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