Everything You (Should) Know About Robert Johnson is (Probably) Wrong
Ben here with another FYI while you listen to the greatest station in the world…
Any true lover of music will be familiar with Robert Johnson. A true innovator, this enigmatic Delta Blues god could arguably be credited with the creation of Rock n’ Roll as we know it. The legend of a man seeling his soul the Devil in exchange for musical genius originated with Johnson. He tells all about it here:
The thing is, if you’ve heard this song before, you really haven’t.
Quoth Wiki: The accuracy of the pitch and speed of the extant recordings has been questioned. In The Guardian’s music blog from May 2010, Jon Wilde states that “the common consensus among musicologists is that we’ve been listening to [Robert] Johnson at least 20% too fast;” i.e., that “the recordings were accidentally speeded up when first committed to 78 [rpm records], or else were deliberately speeded up to make them sound more exciting.
Listen to “Crossroads” again, this time slowed down 20%:
Mind = Blown?
You’re not the only one…