Love In Vain: Robert Johnson, 1911–1938 by Mezzo and J. M. Dupont
August 25, 2016 | by Faber Social
On October 6th we bring you Love in Vain: Robert Johnson, 1911–1938, the thrilling graphic novel telling of the life of Robert Johnson, the legendary bluesman who died over 75 years ago.
From ‘Crossroads Blues’ to ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, ‘Hellhound on My Trail’ to ‘Come On In My Kitchen’, Robert Johnson wrote some of the most enduring and formative songs of the original blues era, songs that would go on to help shape the birth of rock’n’roll in the 1960s. Beloved of Clapton, Dylan and the Stones, Robert Johnson remains one of the most iconic and mythologised figures in popular music (and the first of many to die at the age of 27). Born in the in the South in Mississippi, Johnson made his way to the urban North as a travelling musician, but it was only when he returned to the South that he recorded the twenty-nine songs, in two sessions, which would create his legacy.
Exploring the stories and legends that surround his life and death – his childhood, his womanising, his pact with the devil at the crossroads – Mezzo and DuPont have produced a fittingly creative and beautiful depiction of this most extraordinary life.
Praise for Love In Vain:
‘Love In Vain offers us all an ambitious and inventive retelling of Robert Johnson’s star-crossed odyssey in words and pictures that will delight blues purists and blues tourists.’ – Nick Kent
‘This book is, quite simply, a masterpiece – the quality of the artwork and the text, the poetry of the writing and the magnificent illustrations, make each of the book’s panels a true work of art.’ – Lawrence Cohn (Producer of the Grammy Award-winning album Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings)