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Ed Perl, the founder of the Ash Grove on Melrose in West Los Angeles, the center of the folk revival in L.A., recalls Alan's coming in the club while Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were appearing. He walked straight up to the stage, and after the second number he asked Monroe where he got the song he'd just played. "I was shocked," Perl said. "Nobody ever did that, let alone to God. Bill responded, "Is that you Alan?" and they proceeded to talk about and demonstrate the influence of black music on Bill and bluegrass - from Alan Lomax, The Man Who Recorded the World, by John Szwed

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Offline uncle bud

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Blind Willie Johnson grave found?
« on: August 10, 2009, 07:26:56 AM »
How often do we get to cite the Texas Psychedelic Rock blog.

I'm not sure of the provenance of this text, whether it is original to the blog, or copied from another source like a newspaper.

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson grave found?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 06:37:33 AM »
How fascinating.

Note there is a link to a "Steve" from that Texas site, could it be  ;D
(That's enough of that. Ed)

Offline Dave in Tejas

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson grave found?
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009, 09:37:56 AM »
We had a article in our newspaper last week about BWJ. He died here.
The lady in charge of the Blanchette cemetery, in the "Pear Orchard" where he is buried says he was buried in an unmarked grave in a section left for those who couldn't pay, so there is no way to know from cemetery records where he is. The section is marked out though, so you can maybe get within 50 to 100 feet. Isn't that close enough?
There will maybe be a memorial there soon.

Offline TX_Songster

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson grave found?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 07:46:20 AM »
Blind Willie Johnson has a song on the Voyager One space craft, and yet he is buried in an unmarked pauper's grave.  How sadly ironic is that? 

I found Mance Lipscomb's grave in Navasota, TX a few years ago.  Mance has a nice marble gravestone with a picture on it.  However, nearly all of the gravestones in the black section of the cemetery were made of concrete.  Weather has been eroding the letters and numbers off of these concrete stones, and many of them are already illegible.  The sad fact is that many of the "marked" grave sites are becoming "unmarked" as the weather literally washes away their names.


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