By Alan Greenberg

ISBN-10: 0816680809

ISBN-13: 9780816680801

Robert Johnson used to be surely the main awesome of the Mississippi Delta blues musicians and in addition one of many first inductees into the Rock and Roll corridor of popularity, yet his brief existence is still steeped in secret and wrapped in one of the most enduring legends of recent tune. Love in Vain is Alan Greenberg’s striking, hugely acclaimed, and genre-defying screenplay and is generally thought of to be one of many prime books on Robert Johnson’s lifestyles and legacy and a rare workout in American mythmaking. Newly revised and whole with vast historic notes on Johnson’s existence and the tradition of the Mississippi Delta and blues tune throughout the Thirties, Love in Vain is without delay a vintage of track writing and a screenplay whose acceptance lies firmly within the realm of serious American literature.

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Had a pretty song to sing ’im, too. But yessir, I sold ’em my rights. foreman (fading distantly) Them rights was for your old stuff, Goat. You go with Speir so they can pay you for some new stuff. 13. EXT. COTTON FIELD — AFTERNOON Never lifting his gaze, Robert still chops and chops hypnotically in the brutal heat. At the field’s edge the preacher rants on. elder hadley God is CALLING ! God is CALLING ! It’s HARD TIMES we havin’! We got MILLIONS out o’ work! We got worldwide DEPRESSION! SO Y’BETTER GET RIGHT WITH GOD!

MY NERVES IS BAD ’CAUSE I AIN’T DRINKIN’ ENOUGH, BUT DUSTY, YOU IS SIN-SICK! YOU’S SIN-SICK AN’ WON’T EVEN SIGNIFY! Violently the mule breaks away, knocking the field hand down. elder hadley —OH-OO-OHHH! I SEED THE SUN WHEN SHE TURN HERSELF BLACK AS THE NIGHT! I SEED THE MOON WEEP AN’ THE STARS A-FALLIN’ FROM THE SKY! OH, THE SAINTS ARE SINGIN’ AN’ THE LORD’S CRYIN’ OUT TO TESTIFY! 22 | Love in Vain A puff of smoke in the far field and the pop of a gun. The irrepressible mule twists upward and drops.

Goat ’Scuse me, sir, but I can’t make none o’ them records no more—I sold away my rights. It was a real bad Love in Vain | 19 deal, Mr. Foreman. I was drinkin’ that denature an’ was on the kerosene when the Victor man come, an’ what he wanted was my rights. So I sold ’em. They gone. Can’t sing no more for no one. foreman You signed a recording contract with the Victor company? goat Got me six bucks. Cash. Had a pretty song to sing ’im, too. But yessir, I sold ’em my rights. foreman (fading distantly) Them rights was for your old stuff, Goat.

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