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1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

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  • Inducted by:
    Robert Palmer
  • Category:
    Early Influences
Robert Johnson

Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

Robert Johnson stands at the crossroads of American music, much as it is rumored that he once stood at a Mississippi cross­roads and sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his unique musical gifts.

His life and art, hopelessly intermingled because of the few facts we know about him, are sym­bolic of the folk blues  as they passed from the delta to the secular world, and of the psychic toll exacted on those who embraced a dark midnight, knowing they would never witness the dawn to follow.

The Program Cover from the 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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