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The one complaint I would have is that at times Hammond (an excellent blues singer in his own right) himself is singing RJ’s songs, and at the bottom of the screen it will have the name of Robert Johnson along with the songs title. This may leave those with little knowledge of the blues to conclude it is actually Robert Johnson who is singing, when in fact it is not. Also, there are montages throughout the film when they will be talking about Robert Johnson while at the same time showing pictures of blacks in bars and juke joints, without saying that in fact Robert Johnson is not in the photograph, as there are only two known photographs of him, and each one of these show him alone in the picture. To the novice blues fan, they may not know this and think they are actually seeing Robert Johnson, and I think this fact should have been made clear in the film.
Even with the above provisos, this was an excellent documentary on Robert Johnson’s life….Hammond clearly has a deep love for the blues and the early musicians of the delta.
**** 1/2 stars.
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