Episode 6: 781.66 – Rock myths, legends, and curses

In this week’s episode, Hailee is bewitched with rock and roll myths, legends and curses.

Who created Rock and Roll? It’s a question that has been heavily debated and there are many possible answers. It has been attributed to Blues legend Robert Johnson, southern gospel music from backwoods churches, but one thing is very clear, rock has certainly had a very turbulent history. Close calls, plane crashes, heavy use of drugs and alcohol, mysterious deaths, just to name a few. Join us this week as week as Hailee tells the tale of Robert Johnson who may have sold his soul at the crossroads to become an amazing musician, the 27 club, which claims the lives of numerous rock and roll legends at the age of 27 and the Buddy Holly Curse.

Books mentioned in this episode:

  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
  • Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses by R. Gary Patterson
  • What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Fat by Aubrey Gordon
  • Jookin’: The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture by Katrina Hazzard-Gordon
  • The Walrus Was Paul: The Great Beatle Death Clues by R. Gary Patterson
  • Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues by Elijah Wald
  • Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll by the editors of Rolling Stone
  • The Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

If you would like to purchase any of these books, please checkout our list at bookshop.org (affiliate link).

Links:

Netflix Documentary: ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads

Robert Johnson Biography

Source List:

Deseret News. “DID BLUES LEGENDS SELL SOULS TO DEVIL?” Deseret News, Deseret News, 20 Oct. 1994, http://www.deseret.com/1994/10/20/19137437/did-blues-legends-sell-souls-to-devil.

Hazzard-Donald, Katrina. Jookin’: the Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture. Temple University Press, 2010.

Patterson, R. Gary. Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses. Fireside, 2004.

“ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads.” Netflix Official Site, 26 Apr. 2019, http://www.netflix.com/title/80191049. 

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