Many have dubbed Johnson the father of modern rock and roll. Of all
early bluesmen, Robert Johnson can be considered one of the more prolific.
Although he did not live long enough to become as popular as many of the
other earlier blues artists, his music has influenced a number of
musicians who dramatically changed music history. Popular covers of his
songs have been recorded by Eric
Clapton, Led Zeppelin,
Rolling Stones, Elmore James,The Red Hot Chilli Peppers,
and many, many
|Update- This photo is
now debunked! The film rumored to feature Johnson is not him after
He had taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through and closed immediately behind. It was all as lonely as could be; and there is this peculiarity in such a solitude, that the traveler knows not who may be concealed by the unumerable trunks and the thick boughs overhead; so that with lonely footsteps he may yet be passing through an unseen multitude... and he glanced fearfully behind him as he added, 'What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!' His head being turned back, he passed a crook of the road and, looking forward again, beheld the figure of a man, in grave and decent attire, seated at the foot of an old tree. He arose at Goodman Brown's approach and walked onward side by side with him. "You're late, Goodman Brown," said he.
Young Goodman Brown
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne