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L'histoire vraie de Robert Leroy Johnson (1911-1938), guitariste virtuose, mort prématurément à 27 ans. Son talent était tel qu'on le soupçonnait d'avoir vendu son âme au diable. Grand séducteur et noceur, il ne reste de sa courte carrière que quelques enregistrements et deux photographies. Mais le mystère et le génie qui l'entourent en font un modèle pour des générationsL'histoire vraie de Robert Leroy Johnson (1911-1938), guitariste virtuose, mort prématurément à 27 ans. Son talent était tel qu'on le soupçonnait d'avoir vendu son âme au diable. Grand séducteur et noceur, il ne reste de sa courte carrière que quelques enregistrements et deux photographies. Mais le mystère et le génie qui l'entourent en font un modèle pour des générations de musiciens....

Title : Love in vain : Robert Johnson 1911-1938
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ISBN : 9782344003398
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Love in vain : Robert Johnson 1911-1938 Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-02-16 12:37

    Start by listening to some of this as you read and tell me you won't spend time reading this book and listening to blues as I did, all through it., are you comfortable? Next step is to just look at some of the artwork by Mezzo that you find on every page of this biography of the American Blues artist Robert Johnson by J. M. Dupont: book is short, more poetic and evocative than it is a biographical narrative, choosing to focus on images of him driven by his love of women and whiskey, and especially, music. He's the guy who sold his soul to the devil to become maybe the greatest blues guitarist of all time.This is a pretty great book, drawn in the manner of black and white woodcut prints from a century ago. Gotta read it. Here, sorry, you wanted to hear more of his music and have me shut up, didn't you?

  • AuntieTerror
    2019-01-24 15:31

    Again, a biographical graphic novel. Why this got five stars is that I loved the twist in the tale concerning the narrator's voice. And also the drawings are amazing: they are very dark and almost look like woodcut prints which give them a kind of physical texture and aspect.

  • Koen Claeys
    2019-02-12 14:36

    Duivels goed verteld, getekend en uitgegeven. Een indrukwekkende prestatie op alle vlakken, alsof Satan zelve er bij betrokken was. Heet aanbevolen !Recensie van Cutting Edge : door De Stripspeciaalzaak :

  • Amy
    2019-01-24 18:38

    Gorgeous illustrations. The writing / translation were clumsy. The "reveal" at the end was cheap and embarrassing.

  • Martin
    2019-02-07 14:31

    Phenomenal drawings in this biography about blues artist Robert Johnson in the early 20th century. Each page is a true piece of art, wonderful! You can read this book knowing nothing about Robert Johnson, but just put up some of his tunes and read the book... You are transported to the South, to Mississippi, and can enjoy this book to the fullest. Highly recommended.

  • Chris Lilly
    2019-02-11 18:40

    Weird occasionally rhyming text but absolutely beautiful graphics. And a really useful Line through Johnson's convoluted and disputable biography. I really liked this.

  • Nate
    2019-02-01 17:36

    The drawings are really something and make this short graphic novel about the mythical bluesman well worth a look, but I found the storytelling lacking.

  • Nate Hawthorne
    2019-01-19 13:43

    The illustrations make this book. A creative way to tell the legendary story of the life of Robert Johnson.

  • Doctor Moss
    2019-01-22 15:28

    Dupont and Mezzo may have hit on the best way to tell Robert Johnson’s story. Part of what makes him “Robert Johnson” is the vague boundaries that drift around the facts of his life. I’d even be a bit disappointed to find that somewhere, somehow there were a definitive factual biography. The facts would be untrue to the Robert Johnson we conjure in talking about the history of the blues.The book is as much visual art as textual story, as a graphic treatment should be. The story is told in words against a visual background that lends the words a kind of just-right slipperiness they wouldn’t have on their own. The art work is striking, heavy black and white. The depiction of Johnson’s pinstripe suit jumps out of the pages, contributing to that not quite real effect.Dupont, the author of the text, wrote the story around the pivot of religion, Johnson’s mythological choice to ally with the devil. But he doesn’t just treat it, like I’ve seen elsewhere, as a personal bargain with the devil for supernatural guitar skills. It’s a framework for the whole story — Johnson’s divorce from the church-infused side of the blues and of black culture during his time. He plays on the other side, in the other places, and hangs out with the other people. It’s where his music flourishes, and it’s where he meets his quick ending. And again, you see it in the artwork behind the story as it’s told.It might only take a half hour to read the book — it goes by quickly, kind of like Johnson’s life. But the art is so good, and the text so haunting that I know I’ll dip back into it now and then just for a quick hit.Lyrics for Johnson’s better known songs are included at the back of the book, along with an illustration for each. The illustrations are, like all the illustrations in the book, not literal. They evoke the mood of the songs. Really good.

  • Janne Paananen
    2019-01-20 11:41

    Bluesin ehkä tunnetuin legenda kertoo siitä kuinka Robert Johnson kohtaa neljän tien risteyksessä itsensä pääpahan ja lupaa sielunsa vastineeksi soittotaidosta. Taakse jäävät maatilan työt ja alkaa kiertely ympäri maata kitara kourassa. Viinaan ja naisiin menevä Johnson luo kitaravetoisen suobluesin ja herättää ensi alkuun lähinnä pahennusta ympärillään. Hänen soittotaitonsa kuitenkin huomataan ja hän ehtii tehdä muutaman levytyksen ennen kuolemaansa. Johnson kuolee vajaan kolmenkymmenen ikäisenä mustasukkaisen miehen myrkyttäessä hänet baarissa.Love in Vain kertoo Johnsonin tarinan upeana sarjakuvana. Mustavalkoinen piirrostyyli on paksua ja hyvin tummaa. Vaakatasoon taitetun tarinan isoimmat ruudut ovat sivun kokoisia ja monet niistä kelpaisivat raameihin seinälle. Jälki on siis erittäin hienoa.Tarinan kuljetus ei ole aivan yhtä sujuvaa kuin piirrostyö, mutta oleelliset käännekohdat tulevat selväksi. Loppuun on liitetty Johnsonin kuuluisimpien laulujen sanoitukset.Bluesdiggareille tämä on must-luettavaa ja muutenkin musiikin juurista kiinnostuneille mielenkiintoinen tapa esittää blues- ja rockkitaroinnin juuria.

  • Bruce
    2019-01-26 15:34

    Dupont and Mezzo’s darkly sensual portrait of Johnson life is described by an unnamed narrator whose identity is only revealed at the end. Johnson’s short life and large legend and legacy are the perfect source material for this treatment. Author and artist execute it marvelously in all its sad, exuberant, and earthy details.

  • Anaïs
    2019-02-07 19:50

    Biopic retraçant les grands moments de la vie d'un talentueux bluesman dans les années 30 entre prohibition, ségrégation, descente aux enfer et succès...Dessins fort sympathiques où les couleurs semblent être inversées. En plus, il y a un livre de chansons à la fin!!

  • Rachel
    2019-01-26 18:53

    Lyrical & visually stunning homage that pays tribute to a legendary man.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-13 11:52

    Haunting and lush illustrations pair well with the spare but impressively researched text.

  • Rangarajan
    2019-02-12 15:33

    Brilliant, beautiful, and brown. I wish it were more blue. I didn't feel the sadness, longing, and blues that Robert Johnson must have felt when he played those songs from the book.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-02-14 18:50

    Exceptionally illustrated graphic chronicle of the life and music of blues legend Robert Johnson. Originally published in France.

  • Kate
    2019-01-31 15:49

    Great artwork and a good set-up with the narrator and the twist at the end; but the subject is ultimately just yet another man behaving badly and getting away with it, for a while.

  • Bryanzk
    2019-01-28 13:31

    great art work!!

  • Xvmichal
    2019-01-28 17:29

    ładna grafika ale sama opowieść nie porywająca

  • Erin
    2019-01-25 12:26

    Fantastic illustrations, dreamy layout, and a nicely personal narrative voice.

  • Jani
    2019-02-12 15:51

    Robert Johnson is one of the most enigmatic and fascinating legends in the canon of popular music. However, the reason for this is mostly that he is indeed more of a myth than a formerly living person, as most we know of him is only stories with more air than substance to them. This makes him a both effective character to a comic book bio and at the same time troublesome.Dupont and Mezzo make a valiant job in turning Johnson's tale into a graphic novel or an album. The fifty black & white pages recall legends from before Johnson was born in early parts of the 20th century American South to his twenty-second year when he passed away. In between the authors describe his music, womanizing, boozing, and spirit, but also try to offer reasons for his bad habits. However, the choices of words, emphasises and nefarious narrator let the reader know they are more in it for the fun of the myth rather than tell a story differing much from the usual Johnson tale.Among Johnson's life events the author's add stories about his contemporaries in the field of Southern blues, which are distracting for most parts. Without them, of course, the fairly concise album would be even shorter. This might not, in fact, be a bad consequence: now the book works visually best on the bigger screen which are like a series of paintings of Robert's life. At times the episodic feel where the screens are not exactly connected, but jump from one place to another, makes one think that an illustrated novella, where the journey would have only been helped by an occasional visual might have been a better medium than the current one.

  • Tony Nielsen
    2019-02-05 16:43

    The legendary and somewhat mysterious blues singer and guitarist Robert Johnson died almost eighty years ago, leaving behind a hugely influential stock of less than 30 recordings. Jean-Michel Dupont's graphic novel on Johnson's life is a vastly different, and tongue-in-cheek look back at his short tenure on earth.While there are some facts attached to Robert Johnson's life and musical career there are also many myths and outright guesses about him. Among them the proposition that Johnson somehow went from being a journeyman guitarist to a dead-set virtuoso within a year. Hence the often references to him meeting the Devil at the Crossroads somewhere in deepest Mississippi and selling his soul in return for the guitar-playing that we hear from the three recording sessions he participated in.Dupont's story mixes and matches the myths and the known facts to capture the essence of the bluesman who influenced everyone from Muddy Waters to Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. As a multi decade fan of Robert Johnson's music I found the book and the story interesting without adding anything significant to the legend. So, some fun because of the graphic novel presentation and hopefully it will also open the door to a new generation of fans to his music.

  • Markku Kesti
    2019-01-19 13:46

    Love in vain tuntuu tavoittavan jotain oleellista bluesin sielusta, kärsivien kurjuudesta versonneeseen musiikkiin. Plantaasinomistajat jahtaavat mustaa miestä ja Robertin äiti koittaa elättää lapsiaan satunnaisesti vaihtuvien isäehdokkaiden kanssa. Pojan näön turmelee kaihi ja ensirakkauden ja esikoislapsensa mies menettää synnytyksessä 19-vuotiaana. Onhan siinä jo hieman pohjaa, josta kehiä auki lauluja tuskasta ja kärsimyksestä. En tiedä tekikö Robert sopimuksen paholaisen kanssa vai olivatko soittotaidot jumalan lahja, mutta musiikki elää yhä. Onhan tämä hienosti piirretty ja karhean tyylikkäästi kerrottu tarina. Ei nyt ihan viittä tähteä irronnut, mutta bluesdiggareille ja sarjakuvafaneille must hankinta.

  • Matti Karjalainen
    2019-01-30 15:42

    Jean-Michel Dupontin käsikirjoittama ja Mezzon upeasti kuvittama "Love in Vain" (Like, 2015) on erinomainen sarjakuvaromaani legendaarisesta Robert Johnsonista, Yhdysvalloissa 1930-luvulla vaikuttaneesta bluesmuusikosta, joka toimi esikuvana Eric Claptonille, Keith Richardsille ja ties kuinka monelle muulle huippukitaristille.Sarjakuvan tekijät eivät tarjoa sinänsä mitään uutta ja erikoislaatuista näkökulmaa Johnsonin tarinaan, jossa merkittävää osaa näyttelee myytti sielun myymisestä paholaiselle vastineeksi kyvystä soittaa kitaraa yliluonnollisen hyvin, mutta suoriutuvat hommasta sen verran hyvin että neljä tähteä on selviö.Helvetin hyvä sarjakuva.

  • Ian Mathers
    2019-01-30 13:40

    Robert Johnson had an interesting life story, and they've clearly done their research (and the art is mostly great). The inclusion of plenty of mundane detail actually works as being more fascinating than the legend. But the way our obviously Miltonian narrator plays so coy, and rhymes what feels like half his lines, can feel a bit too previous. Either do it all in verse or non in verse (although I also accept this may have been a translation problem). Nice to look at and I enjoy the lyrics pages in the back, but that narrative voice just needed to be less irksome.

  • Anita
    2019-01-25 11:42

    Beautiful art with story that really struck an emotional chord for me somewhere in the middle of it. I didn't know anything about Robert Johnson, but I loved learning about him in graphic novel form for sure. Definitely made me want to read more about him.

  • Rose
    2019-01-27 12:32

    Alors que les dessins sont magnifiques (j'en imprimerais plusieurs pour les afficher sur mon mur), le texte n'est qu'ordinaire. Je sais que la bio de Robert Johnson est un peu floue, mais je trouve que l'auteur aurait pu se commettre un peu plus. Une lecture agréable, sans nous habiter tout à fait. Je suis un peu déçue.

  • Aapo
    2019-02-03 12:28

    Ihan asiallinen sarjakuvasovitus blues-mies Robert Johnsonin elämästä. Hienosti piirretty (raapekartonki?) ja tarinankerrontakin toimii. Yksi asia pisti silmään, nimittäin tuotesijoittelu. Haluaisin ajatella parhain päin, että tuotemerkkien runsaus on ajankuvan luomista, mutta mitä ajankuvaa luo Coca-Cola?

  • Matt
    2019-02-04 15:27

    First off the art in this is just stunning! However, I found it a bit frustrating not having anything cited, leaving the reader to wonder the relevance of the quote. Perhaps this book is supposed to be a supplement to his actual Bio?

  • Elle Kay
    2019-01-19 15:25

    A graphic retelling of the musician Robert Johnson's brief life story told through some of the more stunning art I've ever seen used in a graphic novel. Unfortunately for the art, I found the narrative let this one down a lot and the story was disjointed in places and confused in others.