Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Open Culture - Animated: Robert Johnson’s Classic Blues Tune Me and the Devil Blues

Awesome - 'nuff said. As usual, it's from Open Culture, curators of cool on the web.

Animated: Robert Johnson’s Classic Blues Tune Me and the Devil Blues



Last year, we featured a slick animation of Cross Road Blues by the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. This morning, one of our Twitter friends highlighted for us a 2007 animation of Johnson’s Me and the Devil Blues, created by Dutch artist Ineke Goes. Recorded in 1937 in only two takes, the song (find the lyrics here) helped cement the legend of the bluesman. According to the old tale, Johnson made a Faustian bargain with the devil, selling his soul in exchange for boundless musical talent. And that he had. But, of course, the devil eventually demands his payback. Johnson died in 1938.
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