By John Milward
The blues revival of the early Sixties introduced new existence to a seminal style of yankee song and encouraged an unlimited new international of singers, songwriters, and rock bands. The Rolling Stones took their identify from a Muddy Waters music; Led Zeppelin solid bluesy riffs into demanding rock and heavy steel; and ZZ most sensible did star enterprise with boogie rhythms copped from John Lee Hooker. Crossroads tells the myriad tales of the influence and enduring impression of the early-’60s blues revival: tales of the checklist creditors, folkies, beatniks, and dad tradition teachers; and of the fortunate musicians who discovered life-changing classes from the rediscovered Depression-era bluesmen that came across hipster renown via taking part in at coffeehouses, on university campuses, and on the Newport folks competition. The blues revival introduced discover to those forgotten musicians, and none extra so than Robert Johnson, who had his songs lined through Cream and the Rolling Stones, and who bought one million CDs sixty years after loss of life open air a Mississippi Delta roadhouse. Crossroads is the intersection of blues and rock ’n’ roll, a shiny portrait of the fluidity of yankee people tradition that captures the voices of musicians, promoters, fanatics, and critics to inform this very American tale of ways the blues got here to relaxation on the center of renowned track.
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Didn’t start playing guitar until he was eighteen, but he caught on fast. In 1961, at Antioch College, he learned the rudiments of country blues guitar from Ian Buchanan, who played on Friday nights at a local bakery. Hammond soon dropped out of school, and went to the West Coast to launch an unlikely career as a white country blues musician. Hammond found work at the Ash Grove, a Los Angeles club that booked folk, blues, and bluegrass acts. His first gig there was opening for the Staple Singers, and over the next few years, he played shows around the country with a wide variety of acoustic bluesmen.
Saturday there might be a Bar Mitzvah, and you’d take him, not to the ceremony, but to entertain your Jewish friends. The parents loved him. Then on Saturday night, there’d be a concert at a college, and you’d find yourself eating with the president of Swarthmore, and the first thing Rever- 25 crossroads 26 end Davis would do was take out his false teeth and put them on the table. Then he’d eat with his hands. Finally, on Sunday, he’d take us to a storefront church, with maybe fifteen people in the congregation, and you’d have him preaching, and then he’d get into a song and get the spirit.
Because I couldn’t read music, the songbooks just whetted my appetite. ” Elsewhere, in the nation’s capitol, Dick Spottswood continued to comb used record stores in search of desirable discs. “I’d go hunting records with John Fahey,” says Spottswood. “We used to go down to the area around 21 crossroads 22 Tidewater, Virginia, and around Norfolk and Hampton and knock on doors and ask people to sell us old records. ” Fahey, who lived in Takoma Park, Maryland, bought his first guitar from the Sears-Roebuck catalog for $17.