Archive | August, 2018

Brother Robert’s Memphis

28 Aug

RJMemphis

The memoir of growing up with bluesman Robert Johnson is a little closer to life thanks to your help. There’s a new reward to backers of the Brother Robert kickstarter campaign. In gratitude for your $15 donation you’ll receive a print of this original pen and ink drawing of the block where Johnson’s family lived, as the neighborhood appeared during his time. Taken from an archival photograph, the scene depicts a location that has as strong a claim as any to being the site of the true crossroads. You’ll have to wait for the book to learn the rest of that story. But thanks to you, it’s happening. The project really wouldn’t be possible without your help.

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Brother Robert

21 Aug

 

Friends:

I am delighted to share news of a project I’m helping out with, a memoir about growing up with Robert Johnson, by the last living soul who knew him well. I’m serving as ghostwriter and fundraiser. The author is the amazing Mrs. Annye C. Anderson. I’ve set up a kickstarter to introduce people to Mrs. Anderson and invite help.
At this point, I’m asking for you to please share news of the project with your contacts. Particularly those with inherited wealth. If that doesn’t go well, I may be back to shake you down.
If you’re in Memphis, know that this could be a nice development for the city. As important as music history is there, Robert Johnson hasn’t been as strongly associated with Memphis as he should be, only because the information about his local connections hasn’t been available. In addition to the significance of Memphis to his music, there could be a landmark component to this project. One of the homes he lived in is still standing–barely. There are already some preliminary discussions underway about preserving the property.
You can see Mrs. Anderson at the old home, above.
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