Thursday, October 3, 2013

Robert Johnson Images In Court

There are only two known photographs of the great Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, whose songs like “Cross Road Blues” and “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” are classics. One is a studio shot of him in a wide-lapeled suit and a slick fedora, hands resting on the strings of a flat-top guitar; the other shows Mr. Johnson in a photo booth, a cigarette hanging from his lips as he fingers a chord.

The fate of those photos, which have become extremely valuable as Mr. Johnson’s posthumous fame has grown, now rests with the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The dispute pits the descendants of Mr. Johnson’s half-sister, Carrie Harris Thompson, against his son, Claud Johnson, Sony Music Entertainment, and a promoter named Stephen C. LaVere. MORE HERE

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