Going down to the crossroads: popular music and transformative magic

  title={Going down to the crossroads: popular music and transformative magic},
  author={B. Angus},
  journal={Popular Music},
  pages={257 - 269}
If there is a single narrative that captures the modern understanding of transformative crossroads magic it is the spurious fable of the selling of Robert Johnson's soul. When, in the palaeoanthropology of 20th century rock and roll music, the biographers of the short-lived blues legend claimed that he had been down to the Dockery Plantation crossroads at midnight to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for guitar skills, they were perhaps unwitting witnesses to the deep history of myth and… Expand


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