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Sweet Home Chicago: Part VI. Back to that Same Old Place

We will never know what images of Bronzeville inspired Robert Johnson to compose “Sweet Home Chicago.” The song emerged from Chicago Black Metropolis musical roots and spoke of the city as an aspirational destination. Newsreel footage celebrating Chicago in the … Continue reading

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Sweet Home Chicago: Part V. I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man

There are two interwoven stories surrounding Robert Johnson and “Sweet Home Chicago.” The first involves the power of his recorded music, discovered facts and repeated legends, the intersections of blues and rock ‘n’ roll and claims over ownership. The second … Continue reading

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