The Quest for Robert Johnson’s Missing Song and Guitar Duel with the Devil

Crossroads Guitar Duel

Inspired by the legend of blues guitarist Robert Johnson, this 1986 Walter Hill movie features a Julliard-trained college boy (Ralph Macchio) and his quest to find Johnson’s fabled “missing song.” Macchio receives guitar lessons from classical guitarist William Kanengiser and blues guitar virtuoso Arlen Roth.

The climactic guitar duel between Vai and Macchio is one of the most famous scenes from this movie. Many people have wondered whether or not Vai and Macchio actually played the advanced guitar parts in this scene.

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Crossroads Movie Authenticity

In Crossroads, Karate Kid Ralph Macchio plays Eugene Martone, a classical guitar student who dreams of becoming a blues guitarist. His life changes when he meets Willie Brown, who is in the process of settling an old contract with the Devil at “the crossroads,” where he sold his soul for fame and fortune. To help Willie, Eugene voluntarily agrees to face one of Satan’s sidemen in a juke-joint guitar duel. The music in this movie is outstanding, thanks to Ry Cooder’s evocative performances.

Despite its flaws, this movie is an intelligent lost 80’s classic that explores the mythology of Robert Johnson and black blues musicians like him. It also has a strong coming-of-age theme that resonates with viewers of all ages. It’s a shame that this movie is not available on DVD or Blu-ray, but perhaps it will make a comeback when Britney Spears releases her own autobiography. She’s already hinted at a sequel to the film, and Shonda Rhimes (creator of TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy) may even get involved.

Crossroads Movie Soundtrack

A young Juilliard guitar prodigy, played by Ralph Macchio, travels to Mississippi seeking a lost blues song recorded by legendary artist Robert Johnson. Along the way he meets an old blues harmonica player named Joe Seneca who offers to teach him the music. In the film’s climactic guitar duel, Eugene has to beat the devil’s virtuosic guitarist (played by Steve Vai).

Director Walter Hill (“48 Hours,” “The Outsiders”) and cinematographer John Bailey expertly capture the feel of the Mississippi Delta in this 1986 movie. Although not a big box office success, the film has become a cult classic for rock and metal fans.

The soundtrack features 15 songs from artists like Terry Evans, Amy Madigan, and the Wonders. The movie also features a performance by blues and slide guitar master Arlen Roth. And, if you ever want to try to emulate the climactic classical guitar acrobatics of Ralph Macchio’s red Superstrat, Digil Music Tabs has recently released a free video lesson featuring those famous parts of the song.

Crossroads Movie Characters

The movie Crossroads is based on the legendary story of blues musician Robert Johnson selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for musical prowess. It was written by John Fusco and directed by Walter Hill. The film is a striking assembly of beautiful music and dramatic meaning. It also embodies a number of deep ideas and concerns about genuine culture and music.

Ralph Macchio plays Eugene Martone, an adept guitarist at Julliard who is challenged to a head-cutting guitar duel with the devil’s assistant, Jack Butler. The film’s choice to pit a virtuoso rock guitarist against a classical musician was not accidental. It was an attempt to illustrate the contrast between the “old” and the “new” styles of music.

Kim Cattrall, who played Kit’s mother in Crossroads, is best known for her roles in Sex and the City and The Platters. She is also a director and has appeared in several TV series. Britney Spears’ little sister Jamie Lynn served as the young version of Lucy Wagner. She has since gone on to appear in movies such as Center Stage and Get Over It.

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