the Robert Johnson cult

Jeff Kapellas jkapella@library.berkeley.edu
Thu Jun 2 00:56:45 EDT 1994


Schoolboy Rich <CHAPELL@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU> wrote:


>  By the by, any ideas on why Robert Johnson thought Chicage was in
>California?

I remember reading that "California" was, for a brief period in the 1930s,
slang for "wealth" and "riches." Comes from the association of California
with the "Gold Rush" and as the "Golden State," though I imagine that some
of the mythology underlying the Oakie migration to the West had a bit to
do with it.

The Oaktown Jeff

P.S. I'll post a schedule of the Oakland Blues Fest as soon as I get it. I
don't have one yet.




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