By Chris Salewicz
Robert Johnson used to be, in line with Eric Clapton, "the most vital blues singer that ever lived." An itinerant road musician, with a weak spot for whisky and girls, his is a lifetime of natural legend-the guy who offered his soul for the satan, and thereby invented glossy tune. worthwhile little is understood approximately his 27 years, or the conditions of his dying, or even the location of his grave is contested. during this mini-biography, acclaimed song critic Chris Salewicz investigates the reality in the back of the parable, evoking an incisive profile of an enigmatic determine who, with simply 29 songs, replaced renowned tune for ever.
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Father held my small hand in his left hand; his right, as usual, held the cane. Suddenly a mottled yellow viper slithered across our path, then inexplicably stopped, rearing its triangular head. It swayed ever so slightly, fixing two jet, unblinking eyes on me. I shrank behind one of Father's knees while he, hesitating for a moment, stood still. Then, softly, he slid the rapier free, and in one continuous movement impaled the viper through its head, stepping on the flailing tail to hold the beast at both ends to the ground.
True, the phrase El Ingileez would sometimes catch my ear, carrying some hint of menace or obloquy. But as a child I had no aversion to the English language itself, nor to its native speakers who sometimes visited our house. Power, real power, I then sensed, rested elsewhere: in my father's burly presence, in experiences which the body recalls before the mind. The power of my father was, in fact, provincial. As a governor, his duties required him to walk on frayed ceremonial carpets, inspect local police troops, bestow dreary trophies at the annual gymkhana.
Later, he taught me many things: how to fight with fists and knees and head, how to write with a split-reed pen dipped in ink, how to cut prickly pears and play chess so that I could hold him to a draw. When I fell recklessly from my tricycle, scraping elbows and legs, he would furiously shout: "Ahsan, ahsan. " But a glint in his eye belied his fury. He taught me also geography and history, how to swim and shoot an air gun, how to scorn mendacity, especially my own. Sometimes, when Page 19 I brought back from school a near-perfect grade of 18/20, he would feign astonishment and ask: "Oh, did you lose those two points on the way home?
27: Robert Johnson (The 27 Club, Book 7) by Chris Salewicz