Bruce Conforth: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson

April 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
1729 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor
MI 48105
Join us to celebrate the release of Bruce Conforth’s new book Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson (Chicago Review Press). Bruce Conforth was a longtime professor of folklore, blues, popular culture and the history of social movements at Uof M and was recently featured in the Netflix documentary Devil at the Crossroads. He was also the founding curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Johnson—most of those things are wrong—and is a great read for anyone interested in blues, black culture and American music. Light refreshments, signing to follow.
“Finally an in-depth biography of one of the greatest blues musicians ever. The clearing up of the myths and mysteries is a relief. The work of the authors is meticulous… creating a full view of his life and times, his friends and influences… how he came to be the greatest of the Delta bluesmen. I am blown away!” –John Hammond, Jr.