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This Just In: Robert Johnson Needs to Slow Down

Have all of us (including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, et al) been listening to Robert Johnson the wrong way for the last 70-plus years? If this piece in the Guardian is to be believed, yes. Musicologists have apparently come to the conclusion that Johnson’s 1937 recordings, perhaps the most influential blues recordings ever made, were accidentally sped up in the engineering process, or purposely sped up to make them more exciting. The link has clips of the recordings slowed down.

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