Abbey's Bookshop Logo
Go to my checkout basket
Login to Abbey's Bookshop
Register with Abbey's Bookshop
Gift Vouchers
Browse by Category

facebook
Google Book Preview
Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
— —
Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson at Abbey's Bookshop,

Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson


9781787602441

OMNIBUS PRESS


Music;
Blues;
Biography: arts & entertainment


Hardback

336 pages

$39.99
We can order this in for you
How long will it take?
order qty:  
Add this item to my basket

Robert Johnson is the subject of the most famous myth about the blues: he allegedly sold his soul at the crossroads in exchange for his incredible talent, and this deal led to his death at age 27. But the actual story of his life remains unknown save for a few inaccurate anecdotes. Up Jumped the Devil is the result of over 50 years of research. Gayle Dean Wardlow has been interviewing people who knew Robert Johnson since the early 1960s, and he was the person who discovered Johnson's death certificate in 1967. Bruce Conforth began his study of Johnson's life and music in 1970 and made it his mission to fill in what was still unknown about him. In this definitive biography, the two authors relied on every interview, resource and document, most of it material no one has seen before. As a result, this book not only destroys every myth that ever surrounded Johnson, but also tells a human story of a real person. It is the first book about Johnson that documents his years in Memphis, details his trip to New York, uncovers where and when his wife Virginia died and the impact this had on him, fully portrays the other women Johnson was involved with, and tells exactly how and why he died and who gave him the poison that killed him. Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Johnson.

Imprint:   OMNIBUS PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781787602441
ISBN 10:   1787602443
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bruce Conforth was a professor of folklore, blues, popular culture and history at the University of Michigan. He was also the founding curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gayle Dean Wardlow is a highly regarded blues historian who has amassed the world's largest collection of prewar blues records. His book Chasin' That Devil Music is a classic of blues literature. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.

My Shopping Basket
Your cart does not contain any items.