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He would pull out his gun and show it to me, and one time, as diffidently as I could, I said, "You know Gary, you are blind. Don't you think maybe it's not such a good idea..." He said, "If I can hear it, I can shoot it" - Rev. Gary Davis remembered by Dave Van Ronk, in The Mayor of MacDougal Street

Author Topic: Robert Johnson's guitar  (Read 1450 times)

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slim

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Robert Johnson's guitar
« on: November 16, 2005, 11:56:02 PM »
I just wonder,
What ever happened to RJ's guitar.
There are different stories about his death,
but what happened to his guitar.

Offline GerryC

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Re: Robert Johnson's guitar
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2005, 08:48:15 AM »
I can't recall the details - it's a while since I read it - but in Peter Guralnick's book Searching for Robert Johnson there is a passage about Robert Jr Lockwood encountering someone who had either picked up or been given RJ's guitar after the fatal poisoning. I seem to recall that Lockwood played the guitar for a while, gave it back to the person who was in possession of it and thereafter never saw it again. I may be a bit loose on the details here - Guralnick's book is well worth a read, though, despite its brevity. And whatever happened to the full-length biography of Johnson which Mack McCormick was writing and to which Guralnick constantly refers?

Cheerily,

Gerry C
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