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Author: Akira Hiramoto
ISBN: 0345499263
Pages: 544 pages
Publisher: Del Rey; Japanese Version/Edition edition (July 29, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Manga
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e-Book Me and the Devil Blues 1: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson epub download

by Akira Hiramoto



Hiramoto mixes the life of blues legend Robert Johnson with a healthy dolop of fiction and horror to create a. .Which is exactly what Hiramoto did with "Me and the Devil Blues".

Hiramoto mixes the life of blues legend Robert Johnson with a healthy dolop of fiction and horror to create a fairly interesting, but maybe too-slow-unfolding drama. Young RJ wants to play guitar, but he's not very good - until one midnight, he finds himself at the crossroads and, per the local legend, plays a song for the devil, so that the devil will give him talent at the cost of his soul. He takes the well-known legend and breathes life into it. He populates the RJ's world with other characters of note from the era, Son House, Willie Brown, Clyde Barrow and integrates them into the landscape of the American South.

Me and the Devil Blues is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Hiramoto about the blues legend Robert Johnson. It was originally serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon

Me and the Devil Blues is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Hiramoto about the blues legend Robert Johnson. It was originally serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon. The manga was licensed in North America by Del Rey Manga and in France by Kana. School Library Journal named Me and the Devil Blues as one of the best adult books for high school students in 2008. Me and the Devil Blues won the 2009 Glyph Comics Awards in the Best Reprint Publication category.

Akira Hiramoto has taken the life of an American Blues legend and created a compelling story, imbued with a mysterious .

Akira Hiramoto has taken the life of an American Blues legend and created a compelling story, imbued with a mysterious aura of its' own, and gifted it through Del Rey to readers across America. Me and the Devil Blues" follows the life of Robert Johnson, RJ to his friends, and Clyde Burrows as they encounter a town with a secret. Did he really sell his soul to the devil to learn the blues? Or is that a piece of fiction? Akira has expanded on that theme and made even the Devil part of his & and likely death too. As a piece of manga fiction, I have been entranced by the dramatic storytelling and artwork.

A phantasmagoric reimagining of the life of legendary blues great Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues .

A phantasmagoric reimagining of the life of legendary blues great Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues follows the journey of a man who really did sell his soul to the devil. From School Library Journal: Grade 10 Up-Hiramoto has taken the few facts and all of the legends about the father of the modern blues guitar and spun them into a fantastically haunting tale of music, self-discovery, and redemption

Author: HIRAMOTO Akira.

Author: HIRAMOTO Akira. Drama Psychological Seinen. Robert Johnson did not invent the blues, he merely refined it with such skill that he became the most famous and influential delta blues singer in history more. Robert Johnson did not invent the blues, he merely refined it with such skill that he became the most famous and influential delta blues singer in history. There is a well-known legend he gained his skill by selling his soul to the Devil at a lonesome crossroads late at night. Note - This series was discontinued at 4 volumes.

CROSS ROAD BLUES Legend has it that if you take your guitar and stand at a crossroads at the witching hour, the devil will appear. He'll grab your instrument, play a song, and hand it back to you. You'll walk away an expert bluesman, but you'll have to pay the price: your immortal soul.

English: Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson. A combination horror story and re-telling of the mythologies of the American South, "Me and the Devil Blues" features RJ, a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the devil teaching him to play the blues. Synonyms: Me & the Devil Blues. The story features many elements familiar to American readers but not much featured in Japanese comics, including the practice of lynching and the sharp racial divisions in the south around the time of the story.

Alternative A combination horror story and re-telling of the mythologies of the American South, "Me and the Devil Blues" features RJ, a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the devil.

Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson ; Me & the Devil Blues ; 俺と悪魔のブルーズ.

Akira Hiramoto, David Ury. CROSS ROAD BLUES Legend has it that if you take your guitar and stand at a crossroads at the witching hour, the devil will appear. Deep in the Mississippi Delta, a young man named R J dreams of becoming a bluesman. R J is a simple farmer who can barely play guitar, but when he takes a midnight stroll, his life is forever changed.

CROSS ROAD BLUESLegend has it that if you take your guitar and stand at a crossroads at the witching hour, the devil will appear. He’ll grab your instrument, play a song, and hand it back to you. You’ll walk away an expert bluesman, but you’ll have to pay the price: your immortal soul.The year is 1929. Deep in the Mississippi Delta, a young man named R J dreams of becoming a bluesman. R J is a simple farmer who can barely play guitar, but when he takes a midnight stroll, his life is forever changed.A phantasmagoric reimagining of the life of legendary blues great Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues follows the journey of a man who really did sell his soul to the devil. Why not come along for the ride?
Carrot
an amazing graphic novel with great art, even if you're not in to comics you should read this.
Wel
This is an awesome manga. It was good to see black characters, during a specific era in America, in a manga. The art is good. The story is good aswell. His encounter at the crossroads a fairly vague (I wasn't even sure when it happened) but other than that I like everything else about it. I love how they threw Clyde (from Bonnie and Clyde) in there. I would definitely recommend. I also got the second volume but haven't started reading it yet. I can't wait!! I hope they make more of this series.
Venemarr
I read comic books. Not cape stuff, but most of this generations greats: Ellis, Gaiman, Brubaker, Etc.

Generally I don't have time for manga (what building itself an ivory tower of stereotype). This however, is amazing. I found it while trying to find a Robert Johnson T-shirt. This is much better. There is not much else I can say that was not previously said other than, "I cna't believe this isn't one of the most talked about Manga around."
OwerSpeed
Was not in as good condition as described.
Tuliancel
Robert Johnson was a quiet, mysterious African-American bluesman from the South. Little is known of his short life, ending at the age of 27 by poison. All we have left of him are two photographs and 42 songs. This sense of mystery and the power of the music he left gave rise to some powerful legends, including one that he made a deal with the devil at a crossroads at midnight and thereby gained his amazing skills as a guitar player.

Akira Hiramoto took the legends and the facts and blended them into a tale that not only explores the man and the music, but also the American South of the 1930s. Johnson, here in a blend of fact and fiction called RJ, learns the hard way what it means to be a bluesman and sets off on a journey simply because it's impossible for him to stay in one place once he finds out. His tortured soul meets up with another, that of Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde fame). Clyde in his madness drags RJ through a series of increasingly horrifying places that epitomize the darker side of the South, until they wind up in a town that must double for hell because they're the sanest men in it. The book, a double volume at about 500 pages, ends there on a cliffhanger (the series is ongoing).

Some mention must be made of the art, which is beautiful and amazing. It's extremely realistic and the artist is skilled at using picture to get across the spirit of the music, the emotions of characters, and spirit of the places and time. The only artwork that I in my limited knowledge of seinen (men's) manga can compare this to is Sanctuary (OOP but available used, highly recommended).

Anyone interested in the blues or Johnson should read this. And too, I think it would be enjoyed by anyone interested in seeing a masterfully told folktale that does what folktales do best, explore our realities by cloaking them in a fantasy veneer that gets ripped away when we recognize parts of ourselves underneath it all. This story is extremely dark in places, and absolutely horrifying at times. But I couldn't recommend it more.
Gnng
It's pretty easy to see why Akira Hiramoto's fantastical reimagining of bluesman Robert Johnson's life has been so well received, even earning a place on School Library Journal's list of "Best Adult Books for High School Students."

Me and the Devil Blues not only thoughtfully details the historical underpinnings of its subject matter, but it also evokes the blues itself so effectively that you can practically hear the music reverberating off the plank boards of the 1930s juke joints. And of course there are intriguing, if obvious, cross-cultural possibilities inherent in dealing with a distinctly American art form within the context of a distinctly Japanese one--manga. More to the point, the two volumes released so far are simply great reads: exciting, often thought-provoking, and full of surprising and sometimes innovative visuals.

But arguably Hiramoto's real achievement is how he's created highbrow pulp of the first order. He does this by weaving the heavier thematic material and social commentary (which ranges from the subtly inspired to the crudely belabored) into a narrative fabric that grows increasingly dependent on genre conventions. Indeed, readers familiar with only the first volume (the one honored by SLJ) may be taken aback by the dramatic turn into full-scale action-adventure and Western tropes that the second one takes.

In what at first seems to be just another episodic chapter, our protagonist forges an uneasy alliance with renowned bank robber Clyde Barrow. In the second volume, Barrow himself quickly takes center stage as "RJ" (as the gangster calls him) spends much of the time in a jail cell in the run-up to a planned lynching. In fact, Johnson doesn't sit down to play guitar until the final one of the story's 550 pages. So while Me and the Devil Blues initially uses its Faustian premise to work squarely in the Southern Gothic mode of the horror genre, Hiramoto then shifts the tempo and tone quite radically. Taking these kinds of chances with the narrative is probably to be expected, though, from an artist so adept at mixing graphic styles: compositions heavy on negative space, while silhouettes give way to woodcut-like precision in some places and more manga-like high-energy sketchiness in others.

However, despite its intensity as a survival thriller and its occasionally exquisite creepiness, the second installment is not nearly as original as its predecessor. When the two "outlaws" are on the lam, clichés abound; we get the ol' firearms-concealed-in-an-instrument-case routine, and it's soon followed by our mismatched buddies jumping from a cliff into a river to avoid pursuers.

Still, even if some of the territory seems familiar upon arrival, there's no telling where Hiramoto might take readers in future volumes. Combining unapologetically lurid elements with a deeply felt anguish over the injustices of the Jim Crow era, Me and the Devil Blues is a one-of-a-kind ride that does nothing consistently if not confound expectations.

-- Peter Gutiérrez