Who among us?
Wed Mar 23 19:42:28 EST 2005
Now This is a genuine Great article. I love Fact's
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Nunis" <thebluescaster@YAHOO.COM>
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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> he said."
> 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
> 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.
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