The Five Colleges Ethnomusicology Committee Presents



Amherst College (College street, Amherst, MA 01002, Amherst MA)

Robert Johnson, one of the most influential figures in blues and rock music, has long been depicted as a mercurial, back country loner from the Mississippi Delta who went “down to the crossroads” to sell the devil his soul in exchange for musical prowess. To longtime Amherst resident Mrs. Annye Anderson, however, he was “Brother Robert”: a kind, thoughtful and talented older step-brother, a sharp dresser with beautiful penmanship and tremendous curiosity about the world, who doted on her at her childhood home in Memphis during the first twelve years of her life.