Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Topics for Discussion

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Research any of the three characters with whom Marcus compares Harmonica Frank and his chosen his way of life. Based on the information about Frank included in the book compare and contrast their personalities. The characters include Huck from THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, Ahab from MOBY DICK, and American President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Do you think that the story that claims that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his musical abilities is true? Why or why not?

Compare and contrast Harmonica Frank's and Robert Johnson's ideas of freedom as expressed in their music.

Consider the idea of black/white issues as they relates to the creation of the genre of rock music. Why is it so significant that it was a white person who was the king of rock 'n' roll instead of a black person?

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