Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson (Hardcover)
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About the Author
Publishers Weekly, "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
"Anderson offers vivid, personal glimpses of her stepbrother ... providing a colorful picture .... [An] earnest and enlightening memoir."—Publishers Weekly
"An illuminating portrait of an artist lost in the mists of history and
Anderson's lush, vivid memories from Robert Johnson's home base give the
bluesman a personal dimension like never before. How he walked, the pomade in
his hair, his protection of his guitar. The aura of mystery remains, but with Brother
Robert, Johnson gains character and context, and becomes more of a person
than we've ever known this specter to be."—Robert Gordon, author of Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters and It Came From Memphis
"Cutting through the mythos that has long surrounded this iconic artist,
this is an intriguing addition to the history of 20th-century blues."—Library Journal
"Although it's been more than 80 years since Anderson last saw Johnson,
her memories are vivid and personal, as she recalls a well-loved older sibling
who entertained his family and community with his guitar and vast repertoire of
songs. [...] Anderson's account debunks myths about Johnson: he had a loving
family; he was exposed to all kinds of popular music; he was not illiterate;
and he did not go to the crossroads and sell his soul to the devil. Consider
Anderson's heartfelt chronicle an earnest attempt to set the record straight."—Booklist