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  •  The Devil (10+ / 0-)

    seems to make some great music. You probably know about bluesman Robert Johnson

    According to legend, as a young man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson was branded with a burning desire to become a great blues musician. He was "instructed" to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation at midnight. There he was met by a large black man (the Devil) who took the guitar and tuned it. The "Devil" played a few songs and then returned the guitar to Johnson, giving him mastery of the instrument. This was in effect, a deal with the Devil mirroring the legend of Faust. In exchange for his soul, Robert Johnson was able to create the blues for which he became famous.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    The movie "Crossroads" about Johnson is a must-see, imho.

    Sorry to go off-topic.

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