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According to legend, Johnson got his guitar skills by selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads, an act that also led to his early death at the age of 27. Decades after his death, Johnson would serve as a major influence for Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and more.
Intrigued by the myth, the team at Radiolab went looking for the crossroads, and the truth behind the legend. What they found was pretty surprising.