Who among us?

gtrmac@prodigy.net gtrmac@prodigy.net
Wed Mar 23 19:42:28 EST 2005


Now This is a genuine Great article. I love Fact's
                                                         Guitar Mac
http://www.guitarmac.com
http://pages.prodigy.net/gtrmac
http://www.soundclick.com
http://www.africanmetropolis.com/
http://www.worldmetropolis.net/index.html
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Nunis" <thebluescaster@YAHOO.COM>
To: <BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: Who among us?


> "....LaVere has taken  a blues musician who
> was generally unknown to the world before 1960, who  left a relatively
small
> body of work and he has turned him into a cultural icon.  It is primarily
> through the efforts of Mr. LaVere that Robert Johnson's work has been
> re-released, that Robert Johnson has become a symbol of the blues to the
> world."
>
> I'm sorry, that just isn't clear to me at least...
>
> How could Lavere have been doing anything of the sort in the 60s, when he
> was showing people the mythical picture of RJ in the mid 70s?
>
> "In June of 1973, I was in Memphis and we were sitting in his shop at
about
> 1:00 a.m., listening to some old 78's in his collection. In the course of
> the conversation, Steve asked me if I had ever seen a picture of Robert
> Johnson. I, of course, told him "no," as a picture of the legend of the
> blues did not exist. He asked me what I pictured Johnson looking like in
my
> mind's eye. I described what I thought he might look like. LaVere then
> reached for a manila envelope, about 6" by 5" inches in size. He pulled
out
> a black and white photo of a very dapper black man in a suit and tie,
> wearing a snappy looking hat and holding a guitar. "That's Robert
Johnson,"
> he said."
>
> http://www.thebluehighway.com/mbc.html
>
> And how was he involved in, much less primarily responsible for the re-
> release of the original RJ songs that became 1961's 'King of the Delta
> Blues singers'?
>
> My understanding was that Lavere may have come along after Robert Johnson
> was widely known, and *commercialized* his image, but no way he originally
> popularized RJ or established the RJ reputation...that was bedrock long
> before.
>
>
> The fact that LaVere's capitalizing on RJ has led more people who know
> nothing about the blues to think that Johnson was the best bluesman has no
> real bearing on who came first.
>
> Blues-L web site: http://www.netspace.org/~blues-l/
> Archives & web interface: http://lists.netspace.org/archives/blues-l.html
> NetSpace LISTSERV(R) software donated by L-Soft, Inc.
http://www.lsoft.com
> To unsubscribe from BLUES-L, send an email with the message UNSUBSCRIBE
BLUES-L to: listserv@lists.netspace.org

Blues-L web site: http://www.netspace.org/~blues-l/
Archives & web interface: http://lists.netspace.org/archives/blues-l.html
NetSpace LISTSERV(R) software donated by L-Soft, Inc.   http://www.lsoft.com
To unsubscribe from BLUES-L, send an email with the message UNSUBSCRIBE BLUES-L to: listserv@lists.netspace.org



More information about the Blues-l mailing list