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Title: Interesting paper about "Hellhound"
Post by: Chezztone on June 11, 2015, 02:37:13 PM
http://southernstudies.olemiss.edu/study-the-south/the-lynching-blues/ (http://southernstudies.olemiss.edu/study-the-south/the-lynching-blues/)
I've often thought of Robert Johnson's "Cross Roads Blues" as about fear of being attacked or arrested while traveling alone at night. The author of this paper doesn't mention that song. But his argument about "Hellhound" sounds plausible, and if we consider the two songs together, even more plausible.
Title: Re: Interesting paper about "Hellhound"
Post by: blueshome on June 11, 2015, 03:21:04 PM
Not convinced.
RJ was a big fan of Peetie Wheatstraw - plenty of devil and the like references there.
Title: Re: Interesting paper about "Hellhound"
Post by: oddenda on June 11, 2015, 09:59:21 PM
Oh, dear god, no!!! Angels on the head of a pin shit again.

pbl
Title: Re: Interesting paper about "Hellhound"
Post by: StoogeKebab on June 12, 2015, 06:33:49 AM
"The most popular interpretation is that the song evokes Johnson's fabled deal with the devil"

As interesting as the paper is, I believe there is a reason that this is the most popular interpretation.
Title: Re: Interesting paper about "Hellhound"
Post by: Lastfirstface on June 12, 2015, 08:27:37 AM
Supposition quickly becomes fact in the course of this article.
Title: Re: Interesting paper about "Hellhound"
Post by: harry on June 12, 2015, 09:28:07 AM
Supposition quickly becomes fact in the course of this article.

So is the entire Robert Johnson biography