Robert Johnson has always been shrouded in mystery and with only a few photographs to prove he even existed, a recently authenticated picture of the musician is now being disputed. With only three known visual references to date, this could prove difficult for his estate.
It's easy to commodify music in this day and age but how about an entire American tradition? In Mississippi, the completion of its Blues Trail is hoping to stimulate tourism in the poorest state in the union. But, for a little juke joint, The Blue Front Café, tourism isn't anything to get down about.
The highest court in the New York area (where's Monty Python when you need it?) is gearing up to hear arguments posted by heirs to jazz legend Duke Ellington in a recent lawsuit with EMI. The suit is to regain half the royalties of Ellington's foreign sales, which EMI has claimed authenticity to.
Be mindful, they say, of your Robert Johnson property these days. His soul may be ne'er more, but the blues pioneer's physical imprint spans all of two known photographs. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the son of the Faustian delta bluesman retains the rights to both known photographs of his father.
Fourth graders at Tunica Elementary in Mississippi are being taught the blues to learn about rhyme and rhythm, essentials for exploring young creative minds.
Musicians often find music tricky to explain--how it affects their being, resonates in their brain and reverberates through the bones is no easy feat to articulate. The "Invisible Jukebox" series, then, is a grand old tradition of the great British glossy The WIRE, wherein one writer plays a series of records for a well-respected artist asking him or her to identify said record as well as comment upon.