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Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson (Paperback)
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Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 28/10/2012
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Robert Johnson was undoubtedly the most outstanding of the Mississippi Delta blues musicians and also one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his short life remains steeped in mystery and wrapped in some of the most enduring legends of modern music. Love in Vain is Alan Greenberg\u2019s remarkable, highly acclaimed, and genre-defying screenplay and is widely considered to be one of the foremost books on Robert Johnson\u2019s life and legacy and an extraordinary exercise in American mythmaking. Newly revised and complete with extensive historical notes on Johnson\u2019s life and the culture of the Mississippi Delta and blues music during the 1930s, Love in Vain is at once a classic of music writing and a screenplay whose reputation lies firmly in the realm of great American literature.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816680801
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Reads like a great American novel . . . The definite book of any kind on the gifted, eccentric blues legend." -Pitchfork

"It's about time." -Bob Dylan

"Finally someone has captured the central feel of this master musician and his times, and that man is Alan Greenberg. Take my word for it." -Keith Richards

"Magnificently rendered . . . This is no mere biopic. [Greenberg's] Johnson is a changeling, flesh-and-blood but mutable and secretive, and he dwells in a world of workaday magic, where his meeting with the devil takes place at the moviehouse in front of a western, and where Charlie Patton's funeral turns into a ferocious soul-claiming contest between Johnson and the Rev. Sin-Killer Griffin. Greenberg not only evokes Johnson in a way that actually enlarges our view of him, he also depicts the blues world of the time, from Mississippi to Texas, in all its variegated splendor and misery." -Luc Sante, New York Review of Books

"It may be the best movie you'll see all year-even if it's just inside your head." -Entertainment Weekly

"Love in Vain has accomplished what I have tried to do for a long time: that is, to development screenplays as a new genre of literature which has its own natural right of existence." -Werner Herzog

"The resonances of Robert Johnson's mysterious life and equally mysterious death continue to echo through American music, from blues to country to rock to soul. Alan Greenberg has thoroughly researched and understood the facts of Robert Johnson's career, but more importantly he has boldly and brilliantly reimagined the myth. Love in Vain is surreal in the original sense of the word; it transforms the reality of Robert Johnson, his time, his place and his art, into a super-reality-sharp and vivid yet as luminous and elusive as a dream." -Robert Palmer, New York Times

"Love in Vain is a blazingly readable screenplay that I recommend without reservation." -Greil Marcus

"A great, great screenplay." -David Lynch

"Love in Vain is a masterpiece of historical significance." -Memphis Commercial-Appeal

"Since facts about Robert Johnson are almost as hard to come by as facts about Shakespeare, Greenberg proposes to give flesh to myth instead . . . he makes it happen, too. Drenched in alcohol and bodily fluids, this is gut-bucket romanticism at its most credible. By imagining the Mississippi Delta's churches, shacks, cotton fields, and (especially) jooks so vividly, Greenberg helps us see and hear why blues buffs are obsessed with all that raunch and suffering transport." -Robert Christgau

"A quantum leap of the imagination." -Dave Marsh

"Wondrous and vivid." -The Portland Tribune

"The really remarkable thing about Love in Vain is the way it plays off the mystery of Robert Johnson rather than attempt to penetrate it in literal terms. The screenplay represents the imaginative embodiment of a world, a world of myth and reality, both prosaic and poetic, a world in which Robert Johnson, or perhaps the idea of Robert Johnson, could spring up. I don't think this milieu has ever been effectively portrayed before, and I consider it little short of a miracle that Alan Greenberg should have captured it so graphically, so colorfully, so dramatically." -Peter Guralnick

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