Up Jumped the Devil

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Up Jumped the Devil

Up Jumped the Devil

The Real Life of Robert Johnson

  • Author: Bruce Conforth,Gayle Wardlow
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • ISBN: 1641600977
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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Robert Johnson is the subject of the most famous myth about the blues: he allegedly sold his soul at the crossroads in exchange for his incredible talent, and this deal led to his death at age 27. But the actual story of his life remains unknown save for a few inaccurate anecdotes. Up Jumped the Devil is the result of over 50 years of research. Gayle Dean Wardlow has been interviewing people who knew Robert Johnson since the early 1960s, and he was the person who discovered Johnson's death certificate in 1967. Bruce Conforth began his study of Johnson's life and music in 1970 and made it his mission to fill in what was still unknown about him. In this definitive biography, the two authors relied on every interview, resource and document, most of it material no one has seen before. As a result, this book not only destroys every myth that ever surrounded Johnson, but also tells a human story of a real person. It is the first book about Johnson that documents his years in Memphis, details his trip to New York, uncovers where and when his wife Virginia died and the impact this had on him, fully portrays the other women Johnson was involved with, and tells exactly how and why he died and who gave him the poison that killed him. Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Johnson.

The Devil's Jump

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The Devil's Jump

The Devil's Jump

  • Author: Peter Doyle
  • Publisher: Verse Chorus Press
  • ISBN: 1891241877
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
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August 1945: the Japanese have surrendered and there's dancing in the streets of Sydney. But Billy Glasheen has little time to celebrate; his black marketeer boss has disappeared, leaving Billy high and dry. Soon he s on the run from the criminals and the cops, not to mention a shady private army. They all think he has the thing they want, and they'll kill to get hold of it. Unfortunately for Billy, he doesn't know what it is . . . but he'd better find it fast. Set in Australia in the years following World War II, Peter Doyle's novels brilliantly explore the criminal underworld, political corruption, and the postwar explosion of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll.

Up Jumped the Devil

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Up Jumped the Devil

Up Jumped the Devil

  • Author: Cleve Franklin Adams
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Jewel thieves
  • Page: 242
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Los Angeles private investigator Rex McBride tracks down a jewel thief in San Francisco, but is then accused of murder by the police.

The Desultory Man

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The Desultory Man

The Desultory Man

  • Author: George Payne Rainsford James
  • Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN: 3734011620
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
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Reproduction of the original: The Desultory Man by George Payne Rainsford James

Beyond the Crossroads

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Beyond the Crossroads

Beyond the Crossroads

The Devil and the Blues Tradition

  • Author: Adam Gussow
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469633671
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 416
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The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He's not just the music's namesake ("the devil's music"), but a shadowy presence who haunts an imagined Mississippi crossroads where, it is claimed, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson traded away his soul in exchange for extraordinary prowess on the guitar. Yet, as scholar and musician Adam Gussow argues, there is much more to the story of the devil and the blues than these cliched understandings. In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil's presence. Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern blues people have put this trouble-sowing, love-wrecking, but also empowering figure. The book culminates with a bold reinterpretation of Johnson's music and a provocative investigation of the way in which the citizens of Clarksdale, Mississippi, managed to rebrand a commercial hub as "the crossroads" in 1999, claiming Johnson and the devil as their own.

Straight from the Fridge, Dad

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Straight from the Fridge, Dad

Straight from the Fridge, Dad

A Dictionary of Hipster Slang

  • Author: Max Decharne
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 0767910990
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 224
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Righteous jive for all you weedheads, moochers, b-girls, gassers, bandrats, triggermen, grifters, snowbirds, and long-gone daddies. Much of the slang popularly associated with the hippie generation of the 1960s actually dates back to before World War II, hijacked in the main from jazz and blues street expressions, mostly relating to drugs, sex, and drinking. Why talk when you can beat your chops, why eat when you can line your flue, and why snore when you can call some hogs? You’re not drunk–you’re just plumb full of stagger juice, and your skin isn’t pasty, it’s just caf? sunburn. Need a black coffee? That’s a shot of java, nix on the moo juice. Containing thousands of examples of hipster slang drawn from pulp novels, classic noir and exploitation films, blues, country, and rock ’n’ roll lyrics, and other related sources from the 1920s to the 1960s, Straight from the Fridge, Dad is the perfect guide for all hep cats and kittens. Think of it as a sort of Thirty Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary for the beret-wearing, bongo-banging set. Solid, Jackson.

The Gospel According to the Blues

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The Gospel According to the Blues

The Gospel According to the Blues

  • Author: Gary W. Burnett
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1630875589
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 170
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The Gospel According to the Blues dares us to read Jesus's Sermon on the Mount in conversation with Robert Johnson, Son House, and Muddy Waters. It suggests that thinking about the blues--the history, the artists, the songs--provides good stimulation for thinking about the Christian gospel. Both are about a world gone wrong, about injustice, about the human condition, and both are about hope for a better world. In this book, Gary Burnett probes both the gospel and the history of the blues as we find it in the Sermon on the Mount, to help us understand better the nature of the good news which Jesus preached, and its relevance and challenge to us.

Blues: The Basics

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Blues: The Basics

Blues: The Basics

  • Author: Dick Weissman
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135877114
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 216
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Blues: The Basics offers a concise introduction to a century of the blues. Organized chronologically, it focuses on the major eras in the growth and development of this popular musical style. Material includes: a definition of the blues and the major genres within it key artists such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson key recordings Complete with timelines and suggestions for further investigation, this fascinating overview is ideal for students and interested listeners.

Two Lives Up on the Hill

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Two Lives Up on the Hill

Two Lives Up on the Hill

  • Author: John J. Riley
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1493154389
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 236
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T he story of Marie Cameron and Jim Kelly whose lives are lived in the beautiful village of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Marie, a lawyer, lives a quality and privilege life. Jim, a carpenter, lives a plain and simple life. Th eir combined stories make for an unforgettable tale that spans 40 years.

Preachin' the Blues

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Preachin' the Blues

Preachin' the Blues

The Life and Times of Son House

  • Author: Daniel Beaumont
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199753121
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 224
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In June of 1964, three young, white blues fans set out from New York City in a Volkswagen, heading for the Mississippi Delta in search of a musical legend. So begins Preachin' the Blues, the biography of American blues signer and guitarist Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902 - 1988). House pioneered an innovative style, incorporating strong repetitive rhythms with elements of southern gospel and spiritual vocals. A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, he was an important, direct influence on such figures as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. The landscape of Son House's life and the vicissitudes he endured make for an absorbing narrative, threaded through with a tension between House's religious beliefs and his spells of commitment to a lifestyle that implicitly rejected it. Drinking, womanizing, and singing the blues caused this tension that is palpable in his music, and becomes explicit in one of his finest performances, "Preachin' the Blues." Large parts of House's life are obscure, not least because his own accounts of them were inconsistent. Author Daniel Beaumont offers a chronology/topography of House's youth, taking into account evidence that conflicts sharply with the well-worn fable, and he illuminates the obscurity of House's two decades in Rochester, NY between his departure from Mississippi in the 1940s and his "rediscovery" by members of the Folk Revival Movement in 1964. Beaumont gives a detailed and perceptive account of House's primary musical legacy: his recordings for Paramount in 1930 and for the Library of Congress in 1941-42. In the course of his research Beaumont has unearthed not only connections among the many scattered facts and fictions but new information about a rumoured murder in Mississippi, and a charge of manslaughter on Long Island - incidents which bring tragic light upon House's lifelong struggles and self-imposed disappearance, and give trenchant meaning to the moving music of this early blues legend.