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Would it be fair to class him as the most important person in terms of 'rock music'?
yes. Yes, he was.
After Paul Weller.
but no way is he more important.
nobody could really play the same as him because of his freak alien hands, he seems like a person both inimitable and very much of his time. I guess you could say that "rock" was caused by all the songs about the devil (and beating up his woman) but it seems a bit spurious
pretty damn good though
most/all of his songs are adaptions from other songs.. and his playing style is more a less a mix of several other musicians, he could still play quite well though and sounded more original than many of the run of the mill blues guitarists. But nothing to get excited over.
but do you not think there's something especially dark and hopeless about the guy? I know there's all the stuff about "selling his soul" but doesn't he just sound.. haunted?
perfecting of the 12 bar structure of blues songs.
Guitar solos after choruses etc.
things like that are only made up by the 1960's equivelents of NME readers
it would not be fair
He was briefly in the Libertines.
I can say alot on this subject, Robert Johnson was important as an influence for some bands but historically a nobody. There are literaly like 10 other guys with identical backstories as Robert Johnson.. Also most things people say about him is a load of b.s.
writylew had made this. then i looked and it turned out writylew had made it
is what happens when you read Mojo