Can't You Hear the Wind Howl?: The Life and Music of Robert Johnson | Chicago Reader

Can't You Hear the Wind Howl?: The Life and Music of Robert Johnson

Peter Meyer?s 1997 hagiography combines interviews and black-and-white dramatizations to explore the life of Robert Johnson (1911-'38), the legendary Delta bluesman who turned against God, sought solace in music, and was said to have struck a deal with the devil for his singular talent. Meyer presents the known facts about Johnson?s parentage, early marriage, and reclusiveness, soliciting observations from childhood friends and from musical contemporaries like Johnny Shines and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Eric Clapton and Keith Richards chime in with lavish testimonials as well, yet the most compelling ingredients are Johnson's weary crooning and guitar licks on the sound track. Danny Glover is the on-screen narrator.

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