Clinton Heylin

When the King of the Delta Blues came home — the family life of Robert Johnson

Annye Anderson, Johnson’s devoted stepsister, remembers how the travelling musician transformed her young life whenever he returned to Memphis

A rare photograph of Robert Johnson (left) with fellow blues musician Johnny Shines c. 1935 [Getty Images]

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