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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Shoshani" <[log in to unmask]>
> On Wednesday 26 July 2006 17.44, Aaron Levinson wrote:
> > Actually, unless I am mistaken the price is six Million dollars not six
> > thousand. That seems a bit on the high side if you ask me and the
> > "provenance" is basically laughable.
>
> My gosh, do you have any idea how many gen-yoo-wine Selmer Macafarelli
guitars
> you could buy for six million dollars?  Each and every one of 'em
personally
> played by Django, too ;)
>
Actually, what I find both interesting and annoying is the fact
that most modern-day "blues lovers" and "blues fans" as well as
"blues musicians" are blissfully ignorant of just about every
earlier bluesman except for Robert Johnson!" (Although it did
let me pick up quite a few Broonzy 78's for reasonable prices!).

I pretty well blame this on the fact that just about the only
LP of pre-electric blues back in the early fifties, when the
noted figures of the "British Blues Invasion" were musically
"cutting their teeth," was the noted CBS reissue...Johnson's
"King Of the Delta Blues Singers" (which later inspired a
sequel!). In turn, this may have been because John Hammond
had heard (record-wise) and heard OF Johnson, finding out
he(RJ) been murdered when he(JH) tried to hire him for the
"Spirituals To Swing" concert in '38.

Steven C. Barr