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27: Robert Johnson

Chris Salewicz

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The 27 Club Series, Individual composers & musicians, specific bands &, Biography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction

27: Robert Johnson is the seventh in a series of exclusive music ebooks, an ambitious project examining the perils of genius, celebrity and excess.

Robert Johnson was, according to Eric Clapton, "the most important blues singer that ever lived." An itinerant street musician, with a weakness for whisky and women, his is a life of pure legend - the man who sold his soul for the devil, and thereby invented modern music.

Precious little is known about his 27 years, or the circumstances of his death, and even the site of his grave is contested. In this mini-biography, acclaimed music critic Chris Salewicz investigates the truth behind the myth, evoking an incisive profile of an enigmatic figure who, with just 29 songs, changed popular music for ever.

27: Robert Johnson is the final part of a series of short music ebooks. Other titles in the series include 27: Brian Jones, 27: Jimi Hendrix, 27: Janis Joplin, 27: Jim Morrison, 27: Kurt Cobain and 27: Amy Winehouse.

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Chris Salewicz

Chris Salewicz has been writing about music and pop culture for over 30 years. He was at the NME in the late 1970s and early 1980s and has written for the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, Conde Nast Traveller, Q, MOJO and Uncut magazines, and countless other publications worldwide. His critically acclaimed books include Bob Marley: The Untold Story, Mick and Keith and Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer.

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