Biography of a Phantom: A Robert Johnson Blues Odyssey By Robert Mack McCormick, Adam Verner (Read by), John Troutman (Contribution by) Cover Image

Biography of a Phantom: A Robert Johnson Blues Odyssey (MP3 CD)

By Robert Mack McCormick, Adam Verner (Read by), John Troutman (Contribution by)
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When blues master Robert Johnson's recordings were rereleased to great fanfare in the 1960s, little was known about his life, giving rise to legends that he gained success by selling his soul to the devil. Biography of a Phantom is musicologist Mack McCormick's search, from the late 1960s until McCormick's death in 2015, to uncover Johnson's life story. McCormick spent decades reconstructing Johnson's mysterious life and developing theories about his untimely death at the age of 27, but never made public his discoveries. Biography of a Phantom publishes his compelling work for the first time. While sleuthing for Johnson's loved ones and friends, McCormick documents a Mississippi landscape ravaged by the racism of paternalistic white landowners and county sheriffs. An editor's preface and afterword from Smithsonian curator John W. Troutman provides context as well as troubling details about McCormick's own impact on Johnson's family and illuminates through McCormick's archive the complex legacy of white male enthusiasts assuming authority over Black people's stories and the history of the blues. While Johnson died before achieving widespread recognition, his music took on a life of its own and inspired future generations. Biography of a Phantom is an important historical object that deepens the understanding of a stellar musician.


Product Details
ISBN: 9798212557368
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Language: English