Post by Michael Messer on May 21, 2020 9:45:01 GMT
Jono, I have spent far more years than you could imagine studying this music and Robert's work has been at the forefront of much of that study. My interest has always been about the music and mastery of playing music. I have done much research over the decades and have had some of that research published. The importance of RJ's music in the history of what we all love is extraordinary, no other blues musician has had such a powerful impact and influence over what was to follow. The legacy Robert Johnson left behind is so far beyond his wildest dreams or imagination that it has become the stuff of legend and mythology. Even after all this time and all the re-releases of his work, any well packaged Robert Johnson merchandise, whether it is a book, album, movie, instructional item, tee shirt, or musical tools that bear his name, sells like hot cakes. RJ is still one of the biggest selling heritage artists on our planet. So bearing all that in mind I don't think that a cynical cautious viewpoint is a bad thing to have.
With or without this new photo, I think I probably know more about his music, what it means and how it is played than many people do. I don't feel the need to prove that to anyone apart from myself and a few close friends, but that is what is important to me, not the existence of a photo. The time I have spent studying RJ's music, including being involved in remastering his catalogue, if all put together would probably go into quite a few years.