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Barry Mazor

Beyond the Crossroads Myth

In Up Jumped the Devil, Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow upend popular fantasies about Robert Johnson

In an important and revealing new biography, Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson,  revered blues scholars Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow separate the truths from the myths in popular accounts of the musician’s life.

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