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Dave T Robert Johnson's family tree (19) RE: Robert Johnson's family tree 09 Nov 00

I'm surprised there isn't more info on the web or more posts to this thread. I'd sure like to know a bit more about this...the more I find out about Robert Johnson's life the more fascinating it becomes. I've tried doing some quick searches on the web to see if I could find sites other than the one Spaw listed but haven't had any luck yet (if I do I'll post).

Little Robert:
As far as how the blues community feels about the case, I can't speak for anyone but myself on this, but I, for one, would like to see surviving family members (rather than mainly record companies) receive some benefit. RJ played such a defining role in the development of blues that it's hard to imagine blues without him. Certainly he "borrowed" styles, riffs and songs from contemporaries, but he managed to bring all these influences together as no one before could. He's not always my favourite artist (of that period) to listen to and I have a !@&^%#&@ of a time figuring out some of the timing in his songs, but anyone who listens to or plays blues owes him a huge debt. It would be nice to know that surviving relatives got something back. However, without knowing more details, as others have pointed out, it's difficult to give any specific opinions. I'm sure you'll get some more feedback if you can provide more info.

Dave T

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