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Stranger Than Fiction
Adam Gussow
Beyond the Crossroads

Beyond the Crossroads

Bjorn Skaptason interviews Adam Gussow about his new book, Crossroads: The Devil and The Blues Tradition. 

The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He’s not just the music’s namesake (“the devil’s music”), but a shadowy presence who haunts the entire genre. In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil’s presence in the Blues.

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Beyond the Crossroads

Beyond the Crossroads:
The Devil and The Blues Tradition
by Adam Gussow
$29.95
Air Date/Time: November 4, 1pm (Central)
416p, paperback

The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He’s not just the music’s namesake (“the devil’s music”), but a shadowy presence who haunts an imagined Mississippi crossroads where, it is claimed, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson traded away his soul in exchange for extraordinary prowess on the guitar. Yet, as scholar and musician Adam Gussow argues, there is much more to the story of the devil and the blues than these cliched understandings.

In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil’s presence. Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern...

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