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“I had found the master”: remembering the surreal brilliance of blues guitarist Robert Johnson

Eighty years since his best-known song was recorded Johnson's music still haunts the ear—while his bizarre life story continues to mystify

By Alex Dean  

“Oh, baby don’t you want to go? Oh, baby don’t you want to go? Back to the land of California To my sweet home Chicago”

These lines open Sweet Home Chicago by Robert Johnson, one of the most important songwriters in the history of blues music. His prowess as a guitarist is legendary, the story of how he attained it sends shivers down the spine. 80 years on from the release of Chicago, Johnson’s music still haunts the ear, and reminds…

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