Brother Robert by Annye C. Anderson audiobook

Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson

By Annye C. Anderson , with Preston Lauterbach
Foreword by Elijah Wald
Read by Janina Edwards

Hachette Books
4.50 Hours 1
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This intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson's stepsister includes new details about his family, music, influences, tragic death, and musical afterlife. Though only twenty-seven years young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938, Robert Johnson's enduring recordings have solidified his status as a progenitor of the Delta Blues style. And yet, while his music has retained the steadfast devotion of modern listeners, much remains unknown about the man who penned and played these timeless tunes. Few people alive today actually remember what Johnson was really like, and those who do have largely upheld their silence -- until now. In Brother Robert, nonagenarian Annye Anderson sheds new light on a real-life figure largely obscured by his own legend: her kind and incredibly talented stepbrother, Robert Johnson. This book chronicles Johnson's unconventional path to stardom -- from the harrowing story behind his illegitimate birth, to his first strum of the guitar on Anderson's father's knee, to the genre-defining recordings that would one day secure his legacy. Along the way, Anderson not only shares personal anecdotes, but also colorful recollections of Johnson passed down by members of their family -- the people who knew him best. She also outlines the contours of Johnson's working life in Memphis, never-before-disclosed details about his romantic history, and all of his favorite things, from foods and entertainers to brands of tobacco and pomade. Together, these stories don't just bring the mythologized Johnson back down to earth; they preserve both his memory and his integrity. For decades, Anderson and her family have ignored the tall tales of Johnson "selling his soul to the devil" and the speculative to fictionalized accounts of his life that passed for biography. Brother Robert is here to set the record straight. Featuring a foreword by Elijah Wald and a Q&A with Anderson, Lauterbach, Wald, and Peter Guralnick, this book paints a vivid portrait of an elusive figure who forever changed the musical landscape as we know it.

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Summary

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Publisher Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of Summer

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

This intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson's stepsister includes new details about his family, music, influences, tragic death, and musical afterlife.

Though only twenty-seven years young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938, Robert Johnson's enduring recordings have solidified his status as a progenitor of the Delta Blues style. And yet, while his music has retained the steadfast devotion of modern listeners, much remains unknown about the man who penned and played these timeless tunes. Few people alive today actually remember what Johnson was really like, and those who do have largely upheld their silence -- until now.

In Brother Robert, nonagenarian Annye Anderson sheds new light on a real-life figure largely obscured by his own legend: her kind and incredibly talented stepbrother, Robert Johnson. This book chronicles Johnson's unconventional path to stardom -- from the harrowing story behind his illegitimate birth, to his first strum of the guitar on Anderson's father's knee, to the genre-defining recordings that would one day secure his legacy.

Along the way, Anderson not only shares personal anecdotes, but also colorful recollections of Johnson passed down by members of their family -- the people who knew him best. She also outlines the contours of Johnson's working life in Memphis, never-before-disclosed details about his romantic history, and all of his favorite things, from foods and entertainers to brands of tobacco and pomade. Together, these stories don't just bring the mythologized Johnson back down to earth; they preserve both his memory and his integrity.

For decades, Anderson and her family have ignored the tall tales of Johnson "selling his soul to the devil" and the speculative to fictionalized accounts of his life that passed for biography. Brother Robert is here to set the record straight. Featuring a foreword by Elijah Wald and a Q&A with Anderson, Lauterbach, Wald, and Peter Guralnick, this book paints a vivid portrait of an elusive figure who forever changed the musical landscape as we know it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If Johnson has become an idealized figure, Anderson’s book helps us to see him as a flesh-and-blood individual, an entertainer rather than some tortured mystic.” The Times (London)
“Narrator Janina Edwards perfectly captures the graceful cadence and dignity of a woman in her 90s as she reminisces about her childhood in Depression-era Memphis…Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Anderson offers vivid, personal glimpses of her stepbrother…providing a colorful picture of the bluesman while attempting to debunk the myths surrounding him.” Publishers Weekly
“Her memories are vivid and personal, as she recalls a well-loved older sibling who entertained his family and community with his guitar and vast repertoire of songs…An earnest attempt to set the record straight.” Booklist
“Anderson’s lush, vivid memories from Robert Johnson’s home base give the bluesman a personal dimension like never before…Johnson gains character and context and becomes more of a person than we’ve ever known this specter to be.” Robert Gordon, author of Can’t Be Satisfied
“Cutting through the mythos that has long surrounded this iconic artist, this is an intriguing addition to the history of twentieth-century blues.” Library Journal
“An illuminating portrait of an artist lost in the mists of history and mystery.” Kirkus Reviews
“A remarkable book, one which so richly complements those that came before it documenting Robert Johnson’s life and legacy.” Under the Radar magazine
“A breathtaking look into the provenance of one of the 20th century’s great musical minds, the social warp and woof of Black Memphis in the 1920s and ’30s, and…the persistence of family and the power of music.” Memphis Flyer

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Author Bio: Annye C. Anderson

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 4.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English