In many ways, Robert Johnson was the epitome of "the blues". By all accounts, he led a rough life. Traveling from city to city. Performing for tips on street corners. Hard drinking and singing about it. All of this netted him a life that lasted until age 27. His records sold poorly, and he died virtually penniless. This was not glamorous. Far from it. Unpolished. Raw. Plantive. He experienced these things in a way that most people merely feel. But in many ways, that is why people relate to his story, however greatly romanticized. What can't be romanticized or embellished are the recordings he made and the music he sang. He did that for himself.

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