Who among us?

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Wed Mar 23 19:49:35 EST 2005


Robert Johnson is a hero the guy that started A revaluation in The Delta
Blues As with all Hero's they are like King Fish they always have Allot Of
Minnow's flowering Them.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ricky Stevens" <deltabluz@hotmail.com>
To: <BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: Who among us?


> >
> >Some might argue that his motive, from the start, has been to make
> >himself wealthy by laying claim to the artistic achievement of others.
>
> I'm not The Shadow; I do not know what evil lurks in the hearts of men.  I
> am not privy to the motives behind Mr. LaVere's actions.  I also do not
view
> "profit" or being wealthy as bad things.  I view "profit" as that which
> allows one to eat.  I view "wealth" as making enough profit  to allow one
to
> eat well and in comfort.
>
> "Some might argue that he got himself 50% of all Robert Johnson's
> >royalties by promising wealth to the legal heirs he found in exchange
> >for a signature rewarding him with half (plus expenses)."
>
> Some might also argue that if that's the case he delivered on his end of
the
> bargain.  I seem to recall that Claud Johnson's settlement amounted to
> upwards of a million dollars.
>
> ">I could probably tell you more of what I've heard people say but I
> >should probably do that privately if you are interested.
> >
> >Sounds like you guys are buddies though, so maybe not."
>
> I see no reason to indulge in gossip.  I've heard lots of interesting and
> unflattering stories about the man as well.  Buddies?  I've never met the
> man.
>
> What is truly remarkable is that 60 years after his death a discussion of
> Robert Johnson can arouse the strong emotions evident in the on and
offlist
> comments I have received.
>
>
> Ricky Stevens
> Arkabutla, Mississippi
>
>
>
>
> >From: "P.W.Fenton" <pwfenton@gmail.com>
>
> >
> >On Mar 23, 2005, at 1:31 PM, Ricky Stevens wrote:
> >
> >>And your point is?  It's not his job to be a nce guy.  It's his job to
> >>represent his client-the Robert Johnson estate-to the best of his
> >>ability
> >>and to obtain for the estate the best possible return.  From everthing
> >>I
> >>have ever heard Mr. LaVere has done just that.  Has he made a lot of
> >>friends
> >>along the way?  Not from what I hear.  Has he made Claud Johnson and
> >>his
> >>aunt wealthy? By my standards, yes he has.
> >
> >Some might argue that his motive, from the start, has been to make
> >himself wealthy by laying claim to the artistic achievement of others.
> >Some might argue that he got himself 50% of all Robert Johnson's
> >royalties by promising wealth to the legal heirs he found in exchange
> >for a signature rewarding him with half (plus expenses).  I've actually
> >heard this said about him.  I don't remember who said it though.  I
> >would never say it myself.
> >
> >I could probably tell you more of what I've heard people say but I
> >should probably do that privately if you are interested.
> >
> >Sounds like you guys are buddies though, so maybe not.
> >
>
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